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Roman Baths get overdue clean-up

Roman Baths drained
Previously shopping trolleys and traffic cones have been found in the baths

Algae and sludge deposits built up over years are being removed from the original Roman lead-lined floor of one of Bath's top tourist attractions.

The Great Bath at the city's Roman Baths has been drained of natural thermae spa water for the clean-up.

The site, below the modern street level, is one of the best examples of a preserved Roman bath complex in Europe.

Previous cleanings have revealed modern debris, including traffic cones, shopping trolleys and even a moped.

The steps, which were rediscovered in the 1800s, and the Great Bath's lead lining are more than 2,000 years old.

More than 1,000,000 people visit the baths each year.

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