In a bid to ease pressure on resources, the police are no longer able to assist with general lost and found property. Most Police forces in England and Wales can only accept certain found items, this is not an exhaustive list but would include:
- Items that contain personal data (mobile phones, tablets, laptops etc.)
- Illicit items (weapons, ammunition, drugs)
- Significant amounts of cash
- Items of high value
As a mobile phone could contain personal data about its owner, the police are unable to pass it onto the finder.