Diners evacuated as toilet water streams into Romford Wimpy

Sewerage water streamed into a Romford hamburger restaurant while diners were eating, on Tuesday.

Customers were evacuated after clear toilet water leaked from a burst overhead pipe at Wimpy in Romford Market Place.

The leak came from a blocked cistern at upstairs solicitor’s office Grove & Dean, around 3pm.

Plumbers were called in to unblock the pipes, which were streaming toilet water through the roof into the restaurant below.

Owner of Wimpy, Bhopinder Gill, said: “There was no one sitting where the leak was, so as far as I know no one was hit by the water.

You may also want to watch:

“As soon as it started leaking, about 30 seconds later, I evacuated everyone.”

Wimpy remains closed while the manager works to repair water damage, including missing tiles from the roof.

Most Read

A Havering Council spokesman said environmental health officers had visited the restaurant and were satisfied Wimpy was taking the proper measures to ensure food was being served in a hygienic way.

A Grove & Dean spokesman said: “There was a blockage that was leaking. We called the plumbers who flushed it through and there is no longer a problem.”

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter