FOI request detail

Lost Property

Request ID: FOI-2265-1617
Date published: 24 February 2017

You asked

I wondered if you could please advise me on the total number of items lost in December and January as this information was not included? It would also be greatly appreciated if you could advise some of the weird and wonderful items that have been made their way to TFL’s lost property office in recent weeks – perhaps if you have photographs these could be included too. I believe a defibrillator was found in a plastic bag recently, though I’m sure people have left behind even stranger things.

We answered

TfL Ref: 2265-1617


Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 17 February 2017 asking for information about the total number of items lost in December 2016 and January 2017 and also information on any ‘weird and wonderful items that have been made their way to TfL’s Lost Property Office in recent weeks.


Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy.  I can confirm that we hold some of the information you require.


We can only provide you with the total number of items found and not the number that are lost.


For December 2016, the total was 25,402.

For January 2017, the total was 29,232.


This covers property found on all TfL services, including:


  • London Buses

  • London Underground

  • Docklands Light Railway

  • London Overground

  • TfL Rail

  • Black cabs (taxis)

  • Emirates Air Line

  • Victoria Coach Station


Please note that we also regularly published figures on the number of items found and reclaimed on our network on our website:


We do not hold a record of ‘weird and wonderful items’, so are unable to provide this information or photographs of the same.


If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable to access it for any reason, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to appeal as well as information on copyright and what to do if you would like to re-use any of the information we have disclosed.


Yours sincerely



Sara Thomas

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London


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