BICYCLES, cash and a sewing kit are among the items stashed in lost property at police stations in south Cumbria.

Dozens of found property is currently stored at police stations in Barrow and Kendal.

Also among the array of items are a hammer, a 'broken' watch and a metal air gun pellet.

Several lost wallets, keys and mobile phones are among the other items. 

A total of £173.18 is stored in lost property at the stations, according to the police.

The list of items stored was released by Cumbria Police following a freedom of information request

Explaining its lost property policy, police said: "Cumbria Constabulary will accept found property which may be linked to a crime.

"We will also accept found property that contains personal data, such as identification, bank / store cards and mobile phones, if you are unable to report this to the issuing authority.

"We are unable to take reports of lost property as this must be dealt with by the issuing authority.

"We are therefore not able to issue lost property reference numbers, should you be asked for a lost property reference number from an insurance provider or another company, please send them a letter to confirm this." 

Some 13 phones, ten bank cards and five bikes are currently stored in lost property.

Several rucksacks are also stored by police.

People who have lost items from pubs, public transport or other public premises are told to 'retrace your steps' to track the items down.

The loss of driving licences, passports and other identification documents can be reported to the issuing authority.