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DNA miracle British tourist reunited with false teeth after losing them on night out 11 years ago

Paul Bishop lost his teeth after his cider 'decided to come back up' into a bin in Benidorm in 2011


Paul Bishop and his wandering dentures (Pic: BBC)

Paul Bishop and his wandering dentures (Pic: BBC)

Paul Bishop and his wandering dentures (Pic: BBC)

A British tourist has been reunited with his false teeth he lost in Spain over a decade ago.

Manchester man Paul Bishop (63) lost his gnashers while on a night out in Benidorm in 2011.

The Stalybridge man said he’d been drinking cider and began to feel ill, and during the course of the evening his false teeth departed his mouth, never to be seen again - or so he thought.

However, the teeth then resurfaced in a landfill site in Spain, where eager beaver authorities, keen to find the owner of the missing dentures, used DNA technology to sift through British records and return them.

Speaking to BBC North West, Paul said he lost his teeth after drinking too quickly back in 2011.

"I had downed the rest of my cider and it decided to come back up.

"The bin was the closest thing to me.

"When we headed to the next bar, my friend then turned round to me and asked where my teeth were."

Paul said he then had to rummage through the bin looking for his teeth after his pal pointed out to him that he was missing his eating utensils.

Having consigned his false teeth to the annals of history, Paul was then surprised when his former gnashers turned up by post to his home.

Saying he thought “someone was playing a prank”, he further explained: "Next thing you know, they have found my DNA and address from British records, and popped it in the post.

"Everyone knows about my famous teeth! I am going to have to open a Stalybridge teeth museum!"

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