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Great British Bake Off village is deluged with sewage spewing from drains onto its once-idyllic streets

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The charming village of Lambourn is most associated with show-stopping cakes, its idyllic surrounds being the setting where the Great British Bake Off is filmed.

But residents of the quiet Berkshire village have had to endure a very different kind of show in recent months.

Since December, sewage, sanitary products and other waste materials have been spewing out of drains and flooding on to its streets. 

Locals are worried about the health risks and say children have had to wade through the stink on their walk to school, with one disabled resident unable to leave their home due to the tide of sewage.

Lambourn, Berkshire, where the water table is so high raw sewage now flows freely down the street and into the River Lambourne

Lambourn, Berkshire, where the water table is so high raw sewage now flows freely down the street and into the River Lambourne

Since December, sewage, sanitary products and other waste materials have been spewing out of drains and flooding on to its streets

Since December, sewage, sanitary products and other waste materials have been spewing out of drains and flooding on to its streets

Locals are worried about the health risks and say children have had to wade through the stink on their walk to school, with one disabled resident unable to leave their home due to sewage

Locals are worried about the health risks and say children have had to wade through the stink on their walk to school, with one disabled resident unable to leave their home due to sewage

To add to the misery, motorists passing through the village routinely ignore signs to drive slowly, further churning up the filthy waters which harm the plants and wildlife. Residents vented their fury at Thames Water, accusing it of putting up prices but failing to tackle the dirty deluges blighting the village.

Nicola Morley, 50, who works at the village equine vets, said the stench often forced her to keep the windows shut. 

‘It’s not a nice smell and it’s not nice to look at,’ she said. She added that she had seen Thames Water workers hosing down the road but ‘more so since it’s been in the Press’.

Siouxsie Ashmore, 47, said it was an ‘insult’ Thames Water had put prices up by £4 recently. She told the Mail her son, Ben, ‘has to walk through it every morning to get the bus to school, so he gets splashed’.

icola Morley, 50, administrator for the Equine vets in the village

icola Morley, 50, administrator for the Equine vets in the village

-Siouxsie Ashmore, 47 and son Ben, 14 live opposite the leak in the village

-Siouxsie Ashmore, 47 and son Ben, 14 live opposite the leak in the village

Andy Brown, 75, who is now retired, has lived in the village for 25 years

Andy Brown, 75, who is now retired, has lived in the village for 25 years

Laura Farris, the area’s Tory MP, previously accused Thames Water of putting ‘profits before people’.

When the Mail visited yesterday, Thames Water workers were seen but it was unclear what they were doing. 

A Thames Water spokesman previously blamed the situation on ‘heavy rain’ and said: ‘We are working hard to keep sewers flowing.’



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