'Creature' caught on CCTV in North West sewer network

SPOTTED The 'creature' on the CCTV footage of the April Fools Day hoax

SPOTTED The 'creature' on the CCTV footage of the April Fools Day hoax

First published in News

SIGHTINGS of an unusual-looking animal in the sewer network in the North West, which we reported this morning, were an April Fools Day hoax.

The creature, dubbed 'Messie', was described as being 'far too big for a rat, standing upright on strong back legs'.

Grainy CCTV footage of the 'creature' was filmed in real sewers as part of the stunt.

Water company United Utilities came up with the idea to highlight the perils of flushing inappropriate items down the loo.

It clears 15,000 sewer blockages a year after the wrong items are flushed away.

The blockages cause sewage to flood onto roads, pavements, rivers and even into customers' homes.

Rose Francis, United Utilities campaign manager, said: "The real monsters lurking in the sewers are the baby wipes, cotton buds and nappies which clog pipes and cause flooding.

"It's a big issue, as the resulting flooding can cause real distress for households, and pollute local watercourses.

"By using a bin in the bathroom instead of flushing waste, many of these flooding incidents can be avoided."

According to the Consumer Council for Water, three quarters of all sewer blockages - and half of all cases of sewer flooding - are caused by people putting items they shouldn't down the loo or the sink.

Among the more unsual items found in North West sewers in recent years are a railway sleeper, false teeth, bullets, a motorbike, a wad of used banknotes and a live salamander.

United Utilities' What Not To Flush marketing campaign uses school visits, advertising and PR stunts to encourage customers to think before they flush.

The campaign goes by the tagline "What you flush could come back to haunt you."

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8:13am Fri 1 Apr 11

Dickiepayshey says...

What date is it today please ?
What date is it today please ? Dickiepayshey
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8:13am Fri 1 Apr 11

Cheese gnome says...

Jeez anyone would think its April fools day......
Jeez anyone would think its April fools day...... Cheese gnome
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9:10am Fri 1 Apr 11

Joseph O'M says...

Brilliant!!
Brilliant!! Joseph O'M
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9:19am Fri 1 Apr 11

useyourhead says...

I love it lol, monkey madness!
I love it lol, monkey madness! useyourhead
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9:30am Fri 1 Apr 11

Frisson says...

Its Steve Kean
Its Steve Kean Frisson
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9:42am Fri 1 Apr 11

happycyclist says...

Frisson wrote:
Its Steve Kean
LOL!
[quote][p][bold]Frisson[/bold] wrote: Its Steve Kean[/p][/quote]LOL! happycyclist
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10:03am Fri 1 Apr 11

notchuffed says...

Thank goodness for this report. I've been wondering for all these years what happened to the Mother in Law.

I said we shouldn't have flushed her down the toilet
Thank goodness for this report. I've been wondering for all these years what happened to the Mother in Law. I said we shouldn't have flushed her down the toilet notchuffed
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10:04am Fri 1 Apr 11

Carter@Rovers says...

It has more sence than Steve Kean, hiding away in a sewer.

Might find Dioufy down there & tell him he's needed back at Rovers asap!

Great Prank.!
It has more sence than Steve Kean, hiding away in a sewer. Might find Dioufy down there & tell him he's needed back at Rovers asap! Great Prank.! Carter@Rovers
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10:04am Fri 1 Apr 11

chris283 says...

put somert proper in the news never mind stupid aprils fool jokes
put somert proper in the news never mind stupid aprils fool jokes chris283
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10:11am Fri 1 Apr 11

A Darener says...

chris283 wrote:
put somert proper in the news never mind stupid aprils fool jokes
For goodness sake.....Lighten up. We need something to laugh at in these miserable times.
[quote][p][bold]chris283[/bold] wrote: put somert proper in the news never mind stupid aprils fool jokes[/p][/quote]For goodness sake.....Lighten up. We need something to laugh at in these miserable times. A Darener
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11:11am Fri 1 Apr 11

Ambience says...

It's Thomas Noblett. He took a wrong turning whilst out training.
It's Thomas Noblett. He took a wrong turning whilst out training. Ambience
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11:17am Fri 1 Apr 11

Caspar the ghost says...

Some of us have friends in deep places!!
Some of us have friends in deep places!! Caspar the ghost
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2:36pm Fri 1 Apr 11

Miller11 says...

I don't think anyone has flushed a motorbike down a toilet though...
I don't think anyone has flushed a motorbike down a toilet though... Miller11
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3:56pm Fri 1 Apr 11

Lifeinthemix says...

it's Hyndburn MP Graham Jones who has been missing since he was asked a direct question on this forum.....
it's Hyndburn MP Graham Jones who has been missing since he was asked a direct question on this forum..... Lifeinthemix
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7:21pm Fri 1 Apr 11

NICEONESUNSHINE says...

Those bloody dingles get everywhere??????
Those bloody dingles get everywhere?????? NICEONESUNSHINE
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10:27pm Fri 1 Apr 11

zaney5 says...

Ambience.... great minds think alike!
Ambience.... great minds think alike! zaney5
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