SOME unusual items have been left behind at Chichester and Emsworth’s Travelodge hotels in the past year.
The firm revealed some of the more surprising finds after guests had departed, including a horse clipper and a submersible pond pump.
These joined a cricket helmet and a cot mobile for a baby, in the Chichester and Emsworth lost and found offices.
Across the UK, some of the more bizarre items include a prenuptial agreement, deeds to a £2m house and a pet tarantula called Hercules.
Shakila Ahmed, Travelodge spokeswoman said: “Each year our lost and found inventory report provides plenty of revelations. From deeds to a £2m house, a set of 24 carat gold Indian Gods and a Vertu mobile phone right through to a pet tarantula and even exclusive yoghurt flavours which have not even been launched to the public, it’s evident what a cross section of people stay in our 500 hotels.
“Our 2013 left behind register also reveals how much smart technology has become a part of our everyday lives, as we have had nearly 10,000 tablets and smartphones left behind in our hotels in the last 12 months. This is a significant increase from previous years.
“What is becoming evident after speaking to our customers is that the pace of life has become so fast and we are so eager to get from A to B that valuable possessions are easily being forgotten.”
The most common items to be left behind at Travelodge hotels include mobile phone chargers, teddy bears, laptops, suitcases and electric toothbrushes.
Unclaimed items left behind at Travelodge hotels are donated to charity shops if they are not claimed in three months.