‘Gas leak’ turns out to be smell from ship in Solent

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A PUNGENT smell from a tanker sparked fears of a gas leak.

Southern Gas Networks (SGN) received hundreds of calls on Wednesday from people on Hayling Island who were worried.

Extra engineers were brought in who worked to try and trace the source of the stench, which could be smelled in Portsmouth.

A spokeswoman for SGN said: ‘We received a significant increase in the number of calls yesterday reporting a smell of gas outside in the Hayling Island area. We received around 230 calls from residents along the South Coast in connection with this throughout the day.

‘On an average day, we usually receive nearer five to 10 reports of this type. We believe the smell to have originated from a tanker in the Solent discharging an odour.

‘The smell has now dispersed.’