A hand grenade, a space hopper and a greenhouse - just some of the things pulled out of Yorkshire’s sewers

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A hand grenade, dismantled greenhouse and a space hopper were just some of the unexpected items hauled out of sewers over the last year.

But none of them came close to matching the problems caused by wet wipes and fats and oils flushed and poured into drains across England and Wales, the Consumer Council for Water (CCW) said. It is urging householders to “keep your wipes out of the pipes” after water companies spent £50 million clearing more than 200,000 blockages caused by inappropriate items sent into sewers over the last 12 months.