Anyone lost a horse-drawn carriage?

A horse-drawn carriage was among the items handed in to lost property in 2013. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

A horse-drawn carriage was among the items handed in to lost property in 2013. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

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A HORSE-drawn carriage, a family bible and a turnstile sign for Hearts Football Club were among the unusual items handed in to police lost ­property departments during the last 12 months.

Figures from Police Scotland reveal more than 16,000 items were lost within Edinburgh, with a little more than 14,000 items handed in.

These included phones, bikes, prams, wallets, iPads, golf clubs and even a two-wheeled horse carriage.

Others included a plastic hair comb, industrial leaf blower, a strimmer and a pallet of slate floor tiles that had been left at the side of a road.

The turnstile sign for Hearts was handed in after it was blown off in gale-force winds.

A spokesman for the club said: “It looks like a well- meaning member of the public found it and handed it in.

“It’s now back where it belongs.”

Also lost, a family bible, while one careless parent managed to misplace their child’s pram.

A police source said the range and scope of the sort of property handed in never ceases to amaze officers.

He said: “Items like gloves and umbrellas I can understand, but some of the larger items beggar belief.We may have been living through a severe economic downturn, but it’s done nothing to sharpen peoples’ feelings of responsibility when it comes to their belongings.”

Items found are formally lodged then stored by a ­custodier – the officer in charge of the Lost Property Section, based at Fettes police HQ.

Under law, property is held by the custodier for two months to allow owners to reclaim their goods.

If no claim is made, or if the owner cannot be traced, it is “finders keepers” for the person who handed the item in. They then have a further month to collect it before it is destroyed, recycled or sent to auction.

Low-value items, such as umbrellas, often received from shopping centres and ­leisure facilities have not been formally lodged and are not included within the figures.

For the same 2012/13 period the picture was reflected across the region.

Some 3480 items of lost property were handed in to police stations in West Lothian while in East and Midlothian just over 2600 items were lost with roughly the same amount handed in.

A spokesman for Police Scotland said: “Police ­Scotland has a wide range of different lost ­property items and each one is meticulously classified and recorded once we take ­possession of them.

“The force then undertakes every effort to trace and contact the rightful owner and reunite them with their items.”

dawn.morrison@edinburghnews.com