There were celebrations in the capital this morning, after a sock that had been missing for more than two months from a house in Muswell Hill, turned up safe and well - under the owner's bed!
The sock, one of a pair belonging to Barry Plebb, 13, hadn't been seen since the evening of January 19th, when the little lad had removed it after a heavy night's drinking in the park with mates.
An initial search of his room by Barry's mum, Stella, had revealed no trace of the garment, but did at least turn up some homework that he'd failed to hand in dating from 2006.
Police investigating the case had earlier said there was "little chance" of them finding it, and expressed joy when Stella contacted them late last night with the good news.
Det. Chief Superintendent Ernest Gobgook of the Metropolitan Police laughed:
"After this long, these missing socks are usually goners, but this one looks like it might still be of some use to Barry!"
A pair of socks usually costs about a quid.