08/04/2014 11:59 BST | Updated 08/04/2014 12:59 BST

Dead Piranha Fish Responsible For Blocked Sewers (PICTURE)

The source of a fishy smell wafting from drains in Shropshire has been identified – as a pile of dead piranha fish.

Engineers from Severn Trent Water investigating the blocked sewers in Telford found the mass of fish, which are thought to have been flushed down the toilet by a nearby homeowner.

Matt Final,who investigated the mysterious stench for Severn Trent, said: “We’ve certainly seen some weird things in the sewers over the years but we were a little shocked to remove piranhas!

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A mass of dead fish - including piranhas - was found to be blocking a sewer in Telford

“You wouldn’t think a fish of this size would fit down a toilet, but this is just one example of amazing things we find blocking the sewers.”

Indeed, Matt, indeed.


Why, in January the company investigated a blockage which was found to have been caused by “piles of pants” that had been flushed down the toilets.


Other terrible things found lurking in our sewers include a 15 tonne “fatberg” consisting of fetid kitchen grease, mixed with baby wipes, a fax machine and a Winnie the Pooh teddy bear.


winnie pooh

Not the sort of Pooh you should be flushing down the drains