Mum’s treasured ring found in sewer 15 years after losing it at petrol station

A mum's treasured ring has been found in a sewer 15 years after she lost it while filling up her car with petrol.

Retired police officer Sarah Warfield is amazed her grandmother's long-lost wedding ring was discovered by drainmen flushing out the sewer next to the garage.

Sarah, 59, lost the 9-carat gold ring when it slipped off her finger as she put petrol in her car on a cold winter's morning.

She said: "I went to the garage in the morning to fuel the car up. It was cold that morning and I didn’t always wear it, but I had worn it that morning.

“I’d got some petrol or some diesel on my hand so I shook it and wiped it with paper towels.

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"I didn’t notice it was gone until later – I rang the garage but they couldn’t locate it. They had emptied out the bins onto the floor but they just couldn’t find the ring.

“It was cold so I think my hands contracted so it must have slipped off.

“I never thought I’d find it. It’s been on my mind all these years on and off."

Sarah – a police officer for 30 years before she retired in 2009 – inherited the ring from grandmother Dorothy Jones.

Mum-of-three Sarah said: “My nan died when I was about two, so I don’t remember much about her but her engagement ring and her wedding ring were passed down to me.

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“She must have had such tiny fingers and I could just about getting the wedding ring on my little finger. "

The H. Samuel gold ring, which was made in Birmingham in 1948 according to its hallmark, was discovered by sewer cleaners cleaning the drains next to the garage in Crickhowell, Powys.

Sewer cleaner Ben Simpson, of Metro Rod, posted an appeal about the lost ring on the Facebook group Crickhowell Noticeboard.

She said: “Ben, love him, posted about it on Facebook after they’d scraped the sewer out and emptied it.

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“My husband saw it and said: "Have you seen this" because he knows about the ring. My tummy turned over.

“I was so overwhelmed. I contacted him and he came to the house with it, and my tears welled up when I saw it. I only knew my nan for two years but it’s so sentimental to me, it’s just crazy.”

Sarah said: “It fits exactly as the wedding band used to and it’s the same size as the engagement ring. Now I have it in a little box.”

"I’m just waiting to get it cleaned up a bit now. I’m just so, so grateful for Ben – we need more people like him in the world.”

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Sarah said she had never expected to find the lost ring and that she hasn’t forgotten it over the years.

Sewer cleaner Ben found the ring with colleague Terry Callow, 28, as the pair were cleaning around 250 metres of the sewer line using high pressure jets.

Ben, 32, said: "I found the ring, and I was pretty sure it was lady’s gold ring because of the size but I’ve never found a ring before.

"I researched how to read hallmarks and I worked out that it was a H Samuel from Birmingham that was made in 1948.

“At the time, I put it to one side and afterwards I realised I’d found someone’s wedding ring. I feel a lot better that I’ve given it to someone who it may belong to.

"I knew the sentimental value would be massive. I know my gran lost hers and she was distraught, so I like to think I’ve helped.”

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