Peppa Pig toy blocks sewer in Shipley, Bradford

Peppa Pig
Peppa Pig

Yorkshire Water said they would encourage customers not to flush toys down the toilet

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A Peppa Pig toy was found by Yorkshire Water as part of a blockage of a sewer in Shipley.

Peppa - famed for her liking of 'muddy puddles', and recently referenced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a speech - was found alongside a mass of wet wipes, during one of Yorkshire Water’s regular maintenance checks.

The proactive checks ensure the network is running correctly and any problems are identified and repaired before they impact customers.

Johanne Palmer, proactive escapes team leader at Yorkshire Water, said: “Our teams work to proactively maintain and manage our sewer networks across the region.

"They regularly come across blockages caused by wet wipes and other unflushables, but to see Peppa Pig was a bit of a surprise.

“Children’s toys and other unusual items pop up in the network from time to time while carrying out our work, but we would encourage people to only flush the three Ps – pee, poo and paper – down their toilet to prevent blockages such as the one Peppa got stuck in.

“Blockages can prevent our network operating correctly, which can lead to restricted toilet use in peoples’ homes, sewer flooding in properties or escaping manholes and in the worst cases entering watercourses and impacting the local environment.”