General Information

Most found property does NOT need to be passed to the Police. Items can be handed to the premises owner or public transport operator where they were found.

There are certain items that members of the public are not allowed to retain and claim under any circumstances. These include; drugs, firearms, weapons, ammunition, Non-UK passports, high value items, electronic devices containing personal data, unidentifiable substances or other items that may pose a danger or harm to others.

Please hand any of the above into a Police Station in order that we can trace the owner or otherwise deal with them safely.

Do not attempt to handle any hazardous/dangerous items you find. Please inform us straightaway.

What to do with specific items...

If you find a stray dog and it has no address tag or telephone number on its collar, please contact your Local Authority. You can also find information on the Local Authority websites, including who to contact and what to do out of office hours.

The Police no longer have responsibility for stray dogs and only need to be informed if a stray animal is on the public highway. Only contact the Police if the dog is dangerous or a banned breed.

Useful contact information:

Organisation

Contact Number

Website details

Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council

01874 624704

www.blaenau-gwent.gov.uk

Caerphilly County Borough Council

01443 815588

01495 226622

www.caerphilly.gov.uk

Monmouthshire County Council

01633 644644

www.monmouthshire.gov.uk

Newport City Council

01633 656656

www.newport.gov.uk

Torfaen County Borough Council

01495 762200

www.torfaen.gov.uk

RSPCA

0300 123 0744

www.rspca.org.uk

Found passports should be returned to the passport office:

Passport Returns, General Section, PO Box 215, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PB1 1QQ

You will need to visit www.gov.uk and complete a Recovered Passport Form and return with the passport.

Prior to posting any passports, cut off the top right corner of the front and back cover and the person details page.

If you are unable to return the found property, please hand it into Gwent Police who will return the passport accordingly.

Found non-UK passports should be reported to the police by calling 101 or handed into your nearest police station as soon as possible.

·         Birth, marriage and death certificates to be reported to the Police by calling 101 or handed into your local Police Station.

If you find any prescription drugs or medicines please take them to the nearest pharmacy, who will dispose of them safely.

If you find discared hypodermic needles in the street, do not touch them or pick them up. Your local council has a duty to remove them.

Useful Contact Information:

Organisation

Contact Number

Website details

Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council

01874 624704

www.blaenau-gwent.gov.uk

Caerphilly County Borough Council

01443 815588

01495 226622

www.caerphilly.gov.uk

Monmouthshire County Council

01633 644644

www.monmouthshire.gov.uk

Newport City Council

01633 656656

www.newport.gov.uk

Torfaen County Borough Council

01495 762200

www.torfaen.gov.uk

RSPCA

0300 123 0744

www.rspca.org.uk

Any found UK Driving Licences should be returned to:

DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AB

If you are unable to return the found property, please hand it into Gwent Police, who will return the driving licence accordingly.

Follow the instructions on the back of the card found. If you are unable to do this please report to the Police by calling 101 or hand into your local Police Station.

For unidentifiable low value property, such as empty handbags, bags, cases, wallets, purses, used clothing, perishable goods, umbrellas, spectacles, bicycles, clothing, etc:

If you have made reasonable efforts to trace the owner and the property is still unidentified, then there is nothing more the Police can do and you should dispose of the property safely.

Visit www.bikeregister.com to trace whether the bicycle has been registered as lost'.

Any found electronic devices that may contain sensitive/personal data such as laptops, tablets, cameras and mobile phones should be reported to the police by calling 101 or handed into your nearest police station.

If the item was lost or found on private property (including shops, restaurants or pubs) or on public transport (including taxis, trains or buses) we recommend you contact the establishment or transport provider where the item was lost of found - they often have their own property records.

If you find cash in a shop, near a bank/cashpoint, pub or other premises then this should be handed in to the establishment where it was found.

Alternatively you should hand the cash in at your nearest Police Station.

We would actively encourage any member of the public who picks up money that has been dropped to be honest and do the right thing by taking all reasonable steps to try and find the owner.

For small amounts of cash eg. 5p, 10p etc. people are advised to use their discretion and may wish to donate their find to a charity box. In these circumstances reuniting the owner with such a small amount would be less likely.