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The strange objects found in the North West's sewers

Sewage companies say that many blockages are preventable. Photo: MEN Media

False teeth, a tiny thong and a car door were just some of the bizarre items fished out of the sewage works in the North West over Christmas.

United Utilities released details about the strange discoveries in the region’s sewage system as a warning of the problems they can cause to the network.

Underwear flushed down the toilet in Merseyside caused the entire sewer to collapse, while a car door down the drains in Cheshire caused extensive damage to the pipes.

Someone's specs were found in the sewer. Credit: MEN Media

Here's a list of what has been found:

  • a dead fox
  • a street sign
  • a three-metre long pipe
  • bags of money
  • ammunition
  • concrete
  • a car door
  • a thong
28,000
blockages a year cleared by United Utilities
£10m
total cost of clearing blockages

More than half of these will have been preventable and caused by items wrongly flushed or put down the drains.

The consequences of blockages can be very unpleasant and nobody wants to wake up to the contents of their sewer in their home or garden.”

– United Utilities