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Gumming up the works: Gold dentures found in sewer

POSH dentures complete with a GOLD tooth have been fished out at a sewage plant.

Bosses hope to reunite the false teeth with their owner after they were flushed down the toilet and washed up at a water recycling centre.

And the water company has promised to give them a thorough clean before sending them back.

Wessex Water’s Matt Wheeldon said: ‘The false teeth ended up at our water recycling centre after being flushed down the loo and making their way through Bristol’s sewer network.

‘We’ve found dentures at our treatment works before but never with a gold tooth attached.

‘Perhaps it has sentimental value to the unfortunate owner, so we’ll happily clean and return them.’

He added: ‘People would be amazed what gets fished out of the sewers, from children’s toys to mobile phones, and this often raises a chuckle among our staff.

‘But there is a more serious message — items like this shouldn’t be flushed and can cause blockages and sewage flooding in people’s homes.’

Wessex Water clears around 13,000 blockages from public sewers every year while many thousands more occur in private drains.

A significant number are caused by wet wipes, even though some are branded and marketed as ‘flushable’.

Mr Wheeldon added: ‘We would like to remind everyone to only ever flush the three Ps — paper, poo and pee — to ensure you don’t face a nasty blockage in your drains.

‘That’s a Christmas present we could all do without.’