Page last updated at 12:10 GMT, Thursday, 13 May 2004 13:10 UK

Swimmers leave city pool legless

Absent-minded swimmers forgot to collect their artificial legs after visiting a Stoke-on-Trent attraction.

Ten prosthetic limbs were among the more unusual items from 3,000 effects left behind last year in lockers at Waterworld in Festival Park.

During an annual review of operations, staff found the lost items list also included false teeth.

Chief executive Mo Chaudry said he was "flabbergasted" to discover such things had been abandoned at the pool.

"We regularly find some of our customers leave behind items of clothing and jewellery but I still can't believe a person can leave the park without their legs," he said.

"We've spent nearly £500,000 improving our changing facilities this year but perhaps we should have just put up signs reminding people to make sure they have their limbs, teeth and other body parts with them when they leave."

All the legs were subsequently retrieved by their owners.

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