Mohammed Bashir, Founder of Boro Taxis

A baby and thousands of pounds in cash are among the items left in vehicles operated by Boro Taxis, one of the largest taxi firms in the North East.

The firm, which handles between 70,000 and 80,000 jobs per week, has been trawling through its records to pinpoint the most unusual things found by its staff.

The top ten weirdest lost ‘property’ list comprises:

  • 1.Baby
  • 2.Two dead mice
  • 3.£6,000 - mixture of pounds and American dollars
  • 4.£1,000 in a brown envelope
  • 5.Goldfish in a plastic bag of water
  • 6.Violin
  • 7.False Teeth
  • 8.Artificial Leg
  • 9.Large Tent
  • 10.Zimmer Frame

Mohammed Bashir, Founder of Boro Taxis, said: “People have left all sorts of items in our taxis and mini buses during the years, from the mundane to the bizarre, but the most remarkable has to be the baby.

"At the opposite end of the spectrum the most common thing we find on the floors and seats of our taxis are mobile phones.”

Mr Bashir added: “If it’s not obvious to whom the property belongs, our policy is to hand it to the police in accordance with licensing conditions

“We would advise passengers to check before leaving our vehicles to ensure that they have all their belongings with them to avoid any inconvenience.”

When the baby was left in the taxi, the driver had expected the passenger, who had left the vehicle, to return for the child.

When they did not, he radioed the office for advice as he did not know which property the customer had entered. The baby, who appeared to be less than a year old, was taken to a police station.

The £6,000 in cash belonged to a businessman, who, it is understood, was buying a property in Middlesbrough. The money was in a man bag, which was found by a Boro Taxis car cleaner after the vehicle returned to base later that day. The owner had not realised he had lost his bag

Contact details were found in the bag and it was reunited with its owner, who gave the car cleaner a £30 reward.

A taxi collected an elderly woman to take her to the post office. Seconds after dropping off the lady and driving away, the driver noticed a brown envelope on the back seat.

He stopped to investigate and found it contained £1,000 in cash. He immediately returned to the post office and handed the envelope to the lady. The driver said she was in such a state of shock, she didn’t say anything - not even thank you.

The dead mice, which were in a container, were intended as snake food.



CONTACT: Helen Logan on 01325 363436

Notes to Editors:

Boro Taxis was founded by Mohammed Bashir in 1982 with three cars.

Today the company has a fleet of about 750 vehicles, provides employment for almost 900people in Tees Valley and handles between 70,000 and 80,000 jobs per week.

All of Boro Taxis’ private hire drivers are licensed with the relevant Licensing Authorities undergo National Vocational Qualification 2 training in Road Passenger Vehicle Driving. 


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