Shocked Brit gets false teeth in post 11 years after he vomited them into bin on holiday


Paul Bishop, 63, thought it was a ‘joke’ when an envelope carrying his missing teeth turned up after he lost them over a decade ago in Benidorm, Spain

Paul Bishop with false teeth
Paul Bishop couldn’t believe it when his false teeth arrived in the post after he lost them 11 years ago in Benidorm

A holidaymaker who lost his false teeth while vomiting into a bin during a night out in Benidorm was shocked when they arrived in the post – 11 years later.

Paul Bishop, 63, said he thought it was a “joke” when an envelope carrying his missing teeth, covered in Spanish postmarks, turned up on his door yesterday (Jan 9).

The granddad said he’d last seen his teeth on a night out at the Spanish seaside resort in 2011, where he’d gone to celebrate a friend’s 50th birthday.

But towards the end of an all-day drinking session – after he’d knocked back a pint of cider – he’d needed to throw up in a bin and had lost the teeth.

Paul had got to Benidorm in 2011 to celebrate a friend’s 50th birthday and they’d been drinking all day
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Paul, who works for HMRC, said he hadn’t noticed they were gone until he hit the next bar and had later failed to find the gnashers when he searched the bin.

He said despite the loss, he carried on the holiday as normal, “singing Elvis” and “eating and drinking with no teeth” before replacing them when he returned to the UK.

Years later, Spanish authorities recovered the teeth and managed to trace Paul through his DNA, which he had submitted to the British police 15 years earlier.

And when the long-lost false choppers came back through his letterbox on Wednesday, Paul said he “couldn’t believe it.”

He said: “When I first saw it, I thought it was some sort of joke, but then I saw the actual letter, which was written in English.”

Paul said he spent the rest of the holiday ‘singing Elvis’ and ‘eating and drinking with no teeth’
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“It mentioned the Alicante area – well, that’s where I was! Then it mentioned the British council, and I thought: ‘It’s genuine, this!’

“It read, ‘Please come back to Spain again, but be careful!'”

I added: “They don’t fit anymore, but they’re still in perfect condition.”

Paul, from Stalybridge, Manchester, said he’d lost his teeth after spending the whole day drinking with pals on a holiday in Benidorm, in September 2011.

He said: “Me and a few friends went to Benidorm for a 10-day holiday, which coincided with my friend’s 50th birthday.

He vomited into a bin at the party and that’s when he lost his teeth
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“We got halfway through a full day’s drinking session. It was getting quite late on, about 10 or 11 o’clock, and I was bloated up with lager, so I had a pint of cider.

“My friends were all drinking lager, so they drank quicker, and when they finished, they said: ‘Come on, we’re going.’

“I had half a pint of cider left, so I threw it down in one, but then I thought ‘Oh, it’s coming back, this.'”

Paul said he knew that downing the high-strength cider was a crucial mistake a few moments later.

He continued: “As soon as I got out of the pub, there was one of those great big bottle bins, so I just projectile-d it all into the bin.

“I thought nothing of it, and then went to the next bar.”

Paul said he only noticed his teeth were missing when a friend pointed it out to him.

He said: “My friend said: “Where are your teeth?’ So I thought ‘What?’

Paul said he only noticed his teeth were missing when a friend pointed it out to him
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“I realized they’d gone in the bin. So I went back to the bin looking for them, but I couldn’t see them anywhere. So I wrote them off.”

“I rang my mates in Manchester, and said: ‘I need some new teeth when I come back.'”

He added: “I spent the rest of the holiday with no teeth, singing Elvis with no teeth, eating and drinking with no teeth. Quite hilarious, really.”

Paul said when he came back to the UK, he got a new set of false teeth and assumed that the old pair were lost forever.

But when Spanish authorities came across the gnashers years later in a landfill site, they’d identified them as a body part, and under the law, they had to return them to their owner.

Paul had been identified through a DNA swab that he’d given to police fifteen years ago.

At the time, he said he was called in by the police for an investigation, but was released without charge and later agreed to give a voluntary DNA sample.

Mr Bishop says he does not have a criminal record.

Spanish authorities and the British council used that biological information to get the teeth to his doorstep yesterday.

He said: “I opened the letter, and it turned out my teeth went to some landfill, and because it’s classed as body parts, the Spanish government won’t allow them to be destroyed.”

“They were put in some storage center, and a lab technician came across them a couple of months ago, and tried to trace who the owner of the teeth was through DNA.

“This professor working for this national biometric company in Spain sent me a letter with it and the teeth in a little plastic bag yesterday.

He added: “I couldn’t believe it – 11 years ago!”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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