Transport For London Lost Property Reveals Missing Prosthetic Leg, Spiderman Doll, And £15,000 Cash

01/02/2016 11:20 | Updated 01 February 2016
  • George Bowden Acting Young Voices Editor, The Huffington Post UK

Cremated remains found on public transport seven years ago have been reunited with loved ones after an urn lay all but forgotten in Transport For London's lost property.

An annual audit revealed the more bizarre pieces collected and processed in a huge warehouse near Baker Street in the capital during 2015.

A prosthetic leg, a hairdressing mannequin, and a full-sized Spiderman doll are among the more peculiar items lost on London's transport network last year.

And in a tale of remarkably good fortune, a brown envelope containing £15,000 in cash was reunited with its owner. The urn had been kept by workers at the warehouse well beyond the centre's usual three-month limit.

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  • A member of staff holds a hairdressing mannequin among the items left by tube passengers in 2015.
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  • A giant stuffed Spiderman toy sits on an air duct, at Transport for London's Lost Property Office.
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  • A soft toy boar's head, a carved wooden mask, a nun doll and a prosthetic leg.
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  • Transport for London worker Paul Burke pushes a trolley loaded with items of lost property.
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  • General view of a collection of lost magnets.
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  • Giant soft toys awaiting collection.
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  • An employee examines one of the thousands of umbrellas.
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  • A member of staff walks past bags of clothing.
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  • Staff member Paul Burke sorts through envelopes containing valuables such as keys and wallets.
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  • A member of staff holds a Motorola 500X car phone (left) and an Apple iPhone 6.
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  • A container filled with mobile phones.
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  • Staff member Bob Sayer sorts through bags of clothing.

Some 300,000 items were lost in 2015 alone, with TfL saying 22% of those were returned to their owners while the rest were donated to good causes after three months in storage.

Manager Paul Cowan said: "The number of properties lost is fascinating, every day we're getting well over 1,200 items of property found across the network, it's staggering.

"The volume continues to go up as the number of people living and travelling in London increases."

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