Surprised maintenance workers at Alton Towers discovered a prosthetic leg underneath the roller coaster, The Corkscrew, yesterday.
The prosthesis was among the detritus the workers were clearing out, and the lost property box is now replaced with a lost property skip as they removed over a hundred watches, nearly a thousand hats, five pairs of glasses, a false ear and of course, the leg.
"I'm surprised the owner didn't miss it," said Justin Decar, head of operations at Alton Towers. "I mean, you'd walk on, and then hop off, surely you'd notice the difference. It'd make standing in all the queues here difficult for a start."
The owner of the ear turned out to be Vinnie Vango, a visiting Dutch man, who was quite relieved to have it back. On being asked why he hadn't enquired earlier about the ear, he said: "What? Speak up!"
The owner of the leg is still to be traced, though with help from the expert forensic prosthetic limb team from the Stoke police force hopes are high that they will succeed.
"We've got a couple of clues," Connie Walk, of the PLT(Stoke) told the press. "Firstly, there is a registration number printed on the leg, and secondly, there's a name and address on it. We feel that this is not the first time the owner has been legless."