In a chilling development that could have been ripped straight from a Halloween horror script, a crew of sewer workers in Bristol stumbled upon a truly unsettling find. As they delved into the depths of the city’s sewage system, their flashlights revealed the severed head of a child’s doll, complete with a mane of flushed wet wipes.
The crew, dispatched by Wessex Water, was initially investigating a routine case of a blocked toilet. Little did they know they would be face-to-face—or rather, face-to-plastic—with what could only be described as a spine-tingling pre-Halloween spectacle.
The Blockage That Sent Shivers Down Spines
Given the season, one could argue that the timing couldn’t have been more appropriate—or inappropriate, depending on your fondness for the macabre. However, the object’s stubborn nature presented more than just an eerie situation. It resisted all attempts to be dislodged by rods and jetting equipment. Ultimately, the crew of workers had to resort to breaking the object into smaller pieces and hoisting it out on the end of a hose.
A Cautionary Tale
Wessex Water issued a public reminder in the wake of this incident, urging citizens to be mindful of what they flush down the toilet. According to a spokesperson for the water company, only “the three Ps”—paper, poo, and pee—should ever meet the swirling waters of your toilet bowl. “Flushing anything else can lead to blockages and the threat of sewage flooding your home or even your neighbour’s,” they warned.
The company further added that wet wipes are a significant culprit behind such incidents. Not only are they responsible for these blockages, but they also contribute to environmental degradation. “Wet wipes often contain plastic and don’t break down like toilet paper, ending up in rivers and contributing to pollution,” the spokesperson said.
As it turns out, this isn’t the first time toys have wreaked havoc in Wessex Water’s network. Prior discoveries have included Peppa Pig and even the elusive fish Nemo. These incidents serve as a reminder of the unpredictable challenges that sewer workers face, making them the unsung heroes who keep the wheels—or rather, the water—turning.
The Workers Union Says…
“In conclusion, as much as we enjoy a good scare, especially as Halloween approaches tonight, let’s keep the horror on the screen and out of our sewers. A momentary lapse in judgment could lead to a real-life horror story that none of us want to experience. This Halloween, let’s ensure that the only thing spooky is our costumes, not calling out our plumbers.