Mysterious smell wafts over Portsmouth

Residents in Portsmouth have taken to social media to complain about a strange smell wafting across the city.

Wednesday, 21st September 2016, 4:28 pm
Updated Wednesday, 5th October 2016, 2:45 pm

Portsmouth City Council received a complaint this morning about the stench, which was smelt in Winter Road and Fawcett Road.

A council spokeswoman said it was believed the smell could have been pig manure, but had now dissipated.

Facebook user Jane Long posted on the Portsmouth Politics group: ‘There is a very strong and sickening smell of something like freshly laid dung,but worse,in parts of Portsmouth.

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‘Am in the process of calling PCC environmental health dept. Anyone else smell it??’

Another user, Sarah Cheverton, said: ‘I was on Winter Road at 8am this morning and it was very, er, ripe...’

Possible explanations for the unwelcome stench included fertiliser and the sea air.