Former Sussex Police officers tackling people causing blocked sewers

Stephen Williams, David Burnett and Martyn Chandler with a huge slab of fat found in the sewers and Bruce the Sewer Monster

Stephen Williams, David Burnett and Martyn Chandler with a huge slab of fat found in the sewers and Bruce the Sewer Monster

First published in News

A TRIO of former police officers have swapped a life of fighting crime for a life of grime to hunt down people causing blockages in the sewers.

Dave Burnett, Martyn Chandler and Steve Williams are Southern Water’s Fat Detectives, armed with their mascot Bruce, a fluffy orange monster found in the sewers.

As part of Southern Water’s Pain in the Drain campaign, the detectives ensure commercial customers understand the problems caused by putting fat oil and grease in the sewers.

Mr Williams, a former dog handler for Sussex Police, from Hailsham, said: “Once you’ve told someone, there’s no excuse really.

“I washed up a roasting tin in the sink and let the oily water drain away down the plug, then the next day I had to spend two hours unblocking the u-bend. It was nasty and I never did it again.”

In the first half of this year, there were almost 4,500 fat, oil and gas related blockages across the Southern Water region, including more than 175 in Brighton and Hove.

Cooking oils and fats solidify as they cool, causing blockages in customers’ pipes and the sewers which can lead to wastewater flooding into streets, gardens and homes. The Pain in the Drain campaign makes it clear that only three Ps – pee, poo and paper – should go down the toilet.

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8:21am Tue 5 Aug 14

John Steed says...

they could start by educating certain prevalent ethnic origins to use detergent when cleaning anything in their takeaways and restaurants, and to have a constant source of hot water. how ever southern water could act proactively and ensure suitable grease trap apparatus is installed at all catering premises.
they could start by educating certain prevalent ethnic origins to use detergent when cleaning anything in their takeaways and restaurants, and to have a constant source of hot water. how ever southern water could act proactively and ensure suitable grease trap apparatus is installed at all catering premises. John Steed
  • Score: 5

5:34pm Tue 5 Aug 14

NickBrt says...

Pee pooh and paper?. How about the 4th P? Puke. Otherwise where can we throw up? We're not all fortunate to live near West Street.
Pee pooh and paper?. How about the 4th P? Puke. Otherwise where can we throw up? We're not all fortunate to live near West Street. NickBrt
  • Score: 4

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