Judge's blast over nappies left to clog sewage pipes
A judge has heavily criticised people who flush nappies down the toilet, saying it can lead to environmental problems.
Judge Francis Sheridan said it was "inexplicable that people could be so stupid" as to use their loos to get rid of anything other than poo and toilet paper.
He spoke at a sentencing hearing for Thames Water after the firm admitted pouring billions of litres of raw sewage into the River Thames in 2013 and 2014.
Judge Sheridan told Aylesbury Crown Court that much of the problem had involved "rag" blocking pipes - a catch-all term which court documents revealed to be items such as non-disposable nappies.
Judge Sheridan said: "The bottom line is that if people used their intelligence... and stopped putting non-disposable nappies down the toilet a lot of this could be avoided."
The case was adjourned until next week when Thames Water could face a record fine of £2m-plus