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6y, 11m agoPosted 6 years, 11 months ago
Anyone know what the process is when lost property is given in to the police (namely a wallet)?

Reason I ask is because I found a wallet full of cash and credit cards yesterday and gave it into the Transport Police at Liverpool Street station. Interested in what they do to try and find the owner.. It had credit cards and stuff but no ID with an address on otherwise I would have returned it directly to them..

Oh and if you know someone who lost their wallet on a train from Brighton to London Victoria yesterday, tell them the old bill at Liverpool Street have it :-)
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6y, 11m agoPosted 6 years, 11 months ago
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#1
A spokesperson for The British Transport Police based at Liverpool Street Station said "We had an unexpected christmas bonus yesterday and are very grateful to the donater" :santa::santa:
#2
My brother took a (turned out to be diamond) ring to a police station (appreciate its different to just handing it over as he had the paperwork to prove it)....It wasnt claimed so they called him a few months after and said he had legal right to it.....:?

Perhaps you could have called the CC companies and explained.....I found a CC once and called them to cancel if for the person, then destroyed it...but perhaps they could have called their customer and given them your number or something?
#3
You would think it would be as simple as the police contacting the credit card company for the cardholders address, but I bet it's not.
#4
I figured that if I called their bank (or any of the other companies for which they had some sort of card) they wouldn't really be able to help due to Data Protection Act restrictions.
I figured the police might be able to get around these restrictions and get an address for the guy from their bank.. Will have to see what happens. The police took my name and number so might get a call in a few weeks/months with an update! :)
#5
oldmanhouse
I figured that if I called their bank (or any of the other companies for which they had some sort of card) they wouldn't really be able to help due to Data Protection Act restrictions.
I figured the police might be able to get around these restrictions and get an address for the guy from their bank.. Will have to see what happens. The police took my name and number so might get a call in a few weeks/months with an update! :)


they wouldnt be able to give you any info due to DP, thats why I said they may be able to call their customer and pass your info onto them....doubt they would do anyone a favour though!

Anyways, its nice to know someone has morals....you have done all you could to return it to the person so just presume it got to them :) If I had lost it, then had it handed in I would at least ask if I could have the persons details to thank them but again, doubt they would give your number out...
#6
oldmanhouse
The police took my name and number so might get a call in a few weeks/months with an update! :)


Yeah, right. Don't hold your breath.
I never even got an update about 2 scroats they had in custody for smashing into my house at 2 in the morning demanding the keys to my new car.
#7
If you find property IN THE STREET, you are required to take 'reasonable steps to find the owner' before you can keep it, or you can be convicted of theft. Thus, you should either hand it in to Police and return for it if unclaimed after two weeks. Alternatively, retain the property, NOTIFY the Police you have found it, and you can keep it if unclaimed after two weeks. Some exceptions for certain types of property. Remember to take property refernce number abd name and ID number of the Officer as proof, and details of the claim procudure if you leave with the cops!

Sadly, bus and train companies have their own procedures - and they invariably keep the property for themselves. But apparently, some people find stuff on trains and buses, and are economic with the truth about where they found it! :whistling:
#8
An update:

The police officer which I handed the wallet in to called me earlier about 4 and told me the owner and their wallet had been reunited! Couldn't believe they'd got it sorted so quickly so kudos to the Transport Police at Liverpool Street station!
As a goodwill gesture, the bloke is sending me a xmas card with a couple of notes in for my trouble. Result!

Can only hope if I lose my wallet, the same will happen to me :-)

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