Casket found by rail staff

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A 6ft inflatable dinosaur and a wooden casket containing ashes are among some of the items left on trains and at railway stations.

Passengers also managed to lose a lizard, a hamster, eight sets of false teeth and a framed photograph of Mary Berry, according to First TransPennine Express’ (FTPE) Lost and Found department’s annual audit.

The report, which has revealed the most weird and wonderful list to date, showed that customers passing through the rail operator’s stations and boarding its trains, have left behind over 1,300 wallets and purses, 600 umbrellas, 120 bags of shopping, 70 pairs of glasses, 30 laptops and 2,000 mobiles.

Other findings by the rail company included 73 soft toys, 62 dummies, 21 bottles of aftershave/perfume, six guitars, seven child seats, a bag of haggis and eight hen sashes.

Records of customers’ enquiries revealed some surprising results including a call about a lost wife and 30 calls into lost lunches.

There were also three calls into misplaced pets including a hamster, cat and lizard, all of which staff found safely.

Will Munton, First TransPennine Express’ West Yorkshire station manager, said: “We deal with over 6,000 items of lost property every year including a number of more unusual finds, averaging more than 18 misplaced items every single day.

“Luckily, we’re able to return a large amount of lost goods to their rightful owners, and we were thankful to return the casket in question to its loved one.”

The company donates small items such as umbrellas and clothing to local charity shops if they are not claimed after three months.

Cameras, laptops and anything of higher value go into an internal charity auction.