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Revealed: What lurks beneath the murky waters of the Regent’s Canal

10:35 24 March 2016

Regent's Canal volunteers

Regent's Canal volunteers

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A sofa, some shopping trolleys and a tin bath are just some of the more unusual items lurking beneath the murky waters of the Regent’s Canal, it has been revealed.

Unusual items recovered from the Regent’s Canal over the years

Unexploded World War 2 hand grenade

Two pizza bikes (complete with soggy pizza and garlic bread)

Tin bath

Volkswagen Camper Van

Opened safes

2 shilling coin

Eel trap net

Bag of bullets

Prams and car seats

Religious offerings – mostly Hindu statues

Countless Boris bikes

A Rocking horse

Last week, the Canal and River Trust published the results of a survey conducted as part of its £45 million restoration programme.

Regent's Canal volunteersRegent's Canal volunteers

The report included some of the objects people throw into their local canals and waterways to discourage flytipping.

A tyre dumped in the canal (Photo by Bethany Clarke/Getty Images for The Canal & River Trust)A tyre dumped in the canal (Photo by Bethany Clarke/Getty Images for The Canal & River Trust)

It found a typical tennis court-sized lock contained one bike, a shopping trolley, a traffic cone, seven glass bottles, four tyres, 50 plastic bags, 23 cans and three windlasses or lock keys.

London's hidden junk is revealed in Regent's Canal after being drained ahead of vital quarter of a million pound repairs on the 200 year old canal. (Photo by Bethany Clarke/Getty Images for The Canal & River Trust)London's hidden junk is revealed in Regent's Canal after being drained ahead of vital quarter of a million pound repairs on the 200 year old canal. (Photo by Bethany Clarke/Getty Images for The Canal & River Trust)

In the Regent’s Canal alone the trust’s volunteers found tens of thousands of glass bottles, thousands of cans, over 20 mobile phones, 30 windlasses, two shilling coins, a tape cassette player, 70 tonnes of silt, 12 car tyres, several shopping trolleys, several traffic cones, two bicycles, a tin bath, a safe and even a sofa.

Litter in the Regent's CanalLitter in the Regent's Canal

According to the charity, it costs about £1 million each year to clear the dumped rubbish, which it says could be better spent on improving wildlife habitats and ensuring the waterways are clear for boaters.

Litter in the Regent's CanalLitter in the Regent's Canal

Sam Thomas, customer operations manager for Canal & River Trust in London, said: “I’m constantly surprised at what people throw into the Regent’s Canal and the quantity of litter that we retrieve from the waterways in Islington.

A shopping basket dumped in the Regent's Canal (Photo by Bethany Clarke/Getty Images for The Canal & River Trust)A shopping basket dumped in the Regent's Canal (Photo by Bethany Clarke/Getty Images for The Canal & River Trust)

“Dealing with the problem is a big task and the money could be better spent enhancing the canals in that area for people and wildlife to enjoy for years to come.”

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