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Sucker punch to monster fatberg

Mass destruction: Waste ‘monster’ blocks sewer PICTURE: PA

WORK has begun to remove a fatberg bigger than Nelson’s Column beneath a Devon town.

The 210ft monster — a congealed mass of fat, oil, wet wipes and waste — was found in the sewers of Sidmouth in December.

South West Water took 3D scans and yesterday clearance teams started breaking up the fatberg with pickaxes and high-pressure jets.

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The teams will wear full breathing kit and body suits because of the dangerous gases released by the berg — described as smelling ‘like rotten meat mixed with a toilet’.

It will be sucked up a pipe to tankers, then processed at a plant which turns waste into electricity. The work will take about eight weeks.