Editor’s comment: Strange tale of man trapped inside sewer

PUBLISHED: 11:56 16 February 2018 | UPDATED: 11:56 16 February 2018

A man got trapped in the sewer in Brentwood Road, Romford, junction with George Street.

A man got trapped in the sewer in Brentwood Road, Romford, junction with George Street.


The bizarre story of a man calling for help from inside a sewer in Romford this week captured the imagination.

The Romford Recorder broke the story on our website on Friday – much to the amusement of readers and the relief of some people who had told friends they heard the shouts and were not believed.

It is not known how long the man was down there, but there are claims he told the people who rescued him he had been there for two days.

It must have been a scary experience, he broke both his heels falling into the sewer and somehow managed to get to the manhole cover in Brentwood Road, where his shouts were finally heard. With his injuries and the cold, this poor man must have really suffered.

I’m guessing a few hours in the dark in such a situation seems like a lifetime.

He’s lucky his shouts were heard over the noise of traffic and the general hubbub in Romford town centre.

If he reads this, please get in touch, we’re all intrigued by how he got into the sewer in the first place and how he coped with his experience once down there.

We also report on some sad news with the relapse of little Isla Caton who is fighting cancer.

Her parents’ hopes that, after all the chemo and radiotherapy, she would be given the all-clear last week have been dashed.

But this is a family of determined fighters and I’m sure they will do all they can to beat this terrible disease.

Fundraising events are continuing in the hope that the three-year-old from Hornchurch will be able to go to America for treatment she cannot get here.

We have covered her plight over the past year and her bravery and her parents’ determination has won her many friends among celebrities like West Ham captain Mark Noble and EastEnders’ actor Danny Dyer.

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