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Bone and flesh handed in at Vic cop shop

AAP logoAAP 2/11/2016 Luke Costin

Upon finding some bone and flesh on a beach that was possibly human, a Melbourne woman picked it up and handed it over the front counter of her local police station.

Victoria Police property managers on Wednesday have shed light on the truly bizarre items people drop off at local cop shops.

Mornington property manager John Wynn usually receives knives and phones and, of late, has collected more than a few drones.

Another time, a shop mannequin was passed in and logged.

But the former police officer will never forget the day a woman dropped off some bone and tissue.

"We sent it in to be analysed as to where it came from and it was determined it wasn't human at the end of the day," Mr Wynn told AAP on Wednesday.

"But to get a piece of flesh and bone handed in over the front counter is probably a little unusual, to say the least."

Tracey Holmes in the Mildura police station says people "wouldn't believe" what is brought in to police.

She's booked "an awful lot of junk" including far too many rusty pickaxes.

A memorable item was a wedding dress and old veil found in an unmarked box on a roadside.

"We put it in the paper and Facebook and I held it for 12 months (four times the length of time police are required to keep items) before I ended up donating it," Ms Holmes told AAP.

"I knew someone would want it but we just couldn't find the owner."

She says often thinks someone will come looking for their lost item but they never arrive.

"The police station is one of those places that, unless you lose your wallet or phone, you don't think to look."

If an owner hasn't come forward within three months Victoria Police either hands the lost property over to the person who found it, donates it to charity or sells it at a public auction.

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