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French gas stink prompts 999 alert in Kent and Sussex

Residents across Kent and Sussex inundated emergency services with calls reporting a gas leak after fumes spread from France.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service spokesman Martin Adams said it had over 100 calls in the early hours of Tuesday.

Lubrizol company official Pierre-Jean Payrouse said the smell came from a chemical added to natural gas which was also used in stink bombs.

  • 22 Jan 2013