Human waste found in garden by horrified homeowner after heavy flooding

People who had just moved into their ‘dream homes’ on a new build estate have been left disgusted after waking up to find raw sewage flowing down the streets.

Heavy rain on the Fairways Estate in Cramlington, Northumberland, sent foul water gushing out of manhole covers, leaving some gardens covered in poo, according to residents.

Kimberley Bourton, who moved into her brand new £260,000 home on the development in August, said she’s been beset with drainage problems.

Days of torrential rain at the start of the month sent ‘disgusting’ streams of waste water near to the house Kim shares with her husband Lee. Inside the house, water began to rise up in toilet bowls, sinks and showers.

NHS worker Kim said: ‘We actually had a river of sewage running down our front lawn and over the drive. You can’t flush the toilets when the drains are overflowing, it’s disgusting, absolutely terrible.

‘A lot of other houses on the estate have been affected. One lady had been out shopping and came back to find her garden was covered with faeces, all over the patio.

‘We are concerned about the health of residents, especially with Covid, it’s very worrying.’

Persimmon Homes, from whom Kim and Lee bought their property, said they were working to resolve the issue with co-developer Bellway, which has also built houses on the site.

Kim said the site is currently free from sewage but doesn’t have any confidence that another heavy rainfall wouldn’t see a repeat of the flooding.

The couple said they’d been ‘banging their heads off a brick wall’ trying to get issues with their home resolved ever since they moved in.

Kim said: ‘We’ve had a lot of drainage issues ever since we moved in: we have never been able to use our back garden since we moved in because it’s just covered in mud.

‘The plot that we chose has a beautiful outlook over the fields: this was meant to be our ideal property and it really hasn’t worked out the way it was meant to. You just expect it to be a brilliant new house that you can move into with no problems at all, but it’s just been one thing after another.’


A spokesperson for Persimmon Homes said: ‘We apologise to our customers who were affected and wish to reassure them that our engineers are looking into the cause to ensure this does not happen again.

‘We believe the extreme weather caused surface water to enter the foul drainage system which then escaped from the drainage covers.

‘A soon as we were made aware of the problem, we arranged for specialist contractors to pump out and remove the waste-water from the systems, clean and sterilise the areas affected at the development.

‘Work is currently underway by us and co-developer Bellway, to identify as a matter of priority where the surface water entered the drainage system and to prevent this being repeated. We will continue to keep our homeowners affected updated on progress.’

A Bellway spokesperson added: ‘Work between Bellway and Persimmon is already underway to ensure the prevention of surface water entering the drainage system again, and we will communicate directly to any of our homeowners affected by this issue to update them on the progress of this work.’

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