Le Stink: England engulfed by terrible smell as freak weather blows in French stench
A foul smell enveloped London and the south east today but it has been blamed on a cloud of pungent fumes wafting over from France.
Experts warned the hundreds of thousands who wrinkled up their noses this morning not to panic.
The emergency services were flooded with calls from people across the capital who were alarmed by the stench.
The smell was caused by strange weather conditions bringing winds from France and continental Europe.
"When I left home this morning the smell was virtually unbearable but we haven't had any complaints from anyone so far. I think the Queen is in. I hope she has her windows closed."
Local authority staff across the region said they had also noticed the smell. A spokesman for Hart District Council, in Fleet, Hampshire, said: "One woman's little girl asked: 'Mummy, what's that smell of cows?'"
One said on a discussion board: "Yes, it smells horribly this morning - all the teachers I work with are talking about it."
"Only thing I can think of is a sewer main broke or something? It does smell specifically of dog poo, but I don't know of any canine who could spread his stench this far and wide!"
1) Le Stink: England engulfed by terrible smell as freak weather blows in French stench