A bucket of live crabs left at a Brighton hotel is among the top items on a list of the most bizarre things customers have left behind in hotel rooms.

The crabs were found by staff at the Brighton Seafront branch of Travelodge.

They were among a £10,000 Tiffany engagement ring, a pet python called Monty, a winning EuroMillions lottery ticket, Harry Potter’s wand, breast implants and a diamond-encrusted iPhone, which were left in the budget hotel chain’s rooms across the country.

The chain said the 10 most popular items left behind were phone and laptop chargers, pyjamas or clothes, teddy bears, toiletry bags, books, electrical items including laptops and tablets, satnavs, mobile phones, electric toothbrushes and bags or suitcases.

The company said that during the last 12 months, more than 20,000 books were left behind in its hotel rooms – 7,000 of which were Fifty Shades Of Grey.