Smelly French gas cloud hits UK

A foul-smelling but harmless cloud of gas which has wafted over the south of the UK from a chemical factory in France has prompted calls to emergency services. The gas mercaptan was accidentally released from a factory in the northern city of Rouen.

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Police respond to calls over foul-smelling gas

Police forces have been responding to calls from concerned residents after they smelt a foul-smelling gas in the south east.

A Kent Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: "South Kent residents are being asked to keep doors and windows closed due to a gas cloud that is believed to have come across from France, following reports of a gas leak from a factory 75 miles west of Paris."

Meanwhile, Metropolitan Police tweeted that the gas did not pose a risk to the public:

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