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The disgusting smell that hit Manchester is hanging around – and we still don’t know what it is

The odious odour that invaded homes across Manchester shows no sign of letting up with woeful whiffs still being reported on Sunday.

Yesterday the grim stench was reaching nostrils from the city centre, to suburbs and beyond.

Described as ‘agricultural’ and ‘like manure’ it was first reported in the city centre.

But it soon became clear it was also blighting Harpurhey, Hulme, Moston, Eccles, Swinton and Westhoughton as well as Rochdale, Bury, Stockport and Cheadle.

Those hoping for a reprieve for their nostrils on Sunday were sorely disappointed. And the demand for answers was notched up a gear.

One Little Hulton resident who asked not to be named said on Sunday: “It’s horrendous here, really horrendous.

“On Saturday night we were sitting outside and actually had to move in because it was so bad and it’s still in the air today.”

Emad Hindi Tweeted at Manchester City Council: “Was was the source of yesterday’s bad smell in Manchester? What about today?”

Helena Hellie @HelenaHellie added: “Oh good. The #manchestersmell is back. Anyone know what it is yet?”

Elliott Robinson @robinsonwood01 said: “There’s a problem when the whole city and suburbs smell like manure.”

While Gareth Bird added: “Flying in the face of the Manchester #smell: We’ve hung the washing out. You’re not beating us! (unless you’re toxic) seriously what is it?”

Gareth was not the only one to raise suspicions over whether the source was toxic.

So the M.E.N asked the Environment Agency how to report such concerns.

A spokeswoman advised: “The Environment Agency haven’t had any reports of odours in the Manchester area over the weekend that are out of the ordinary.

“It’s important people remember to report any environmental incidents, such as pollution, to our incident hotline, 24/7, on 0800 807060, so we can investigate.”

(Image: Manchester Evening News)

She said residents could also report the problem to the council.

Government guidance says council bosses are obliged to look into ‘complaints about smells from industrial, trade and business premises that could be a statutory nuisance’.

For a smell to be considered in this category, it must ‘unreasonably and substantially interfere with the use or enjoyment of a home or other premises’ or ‘injure health or be likely to injure health’.

Government protocol advises that councils then use ‘two human sniffers’ to determine the strength of the smell and gauge its offensiveness.

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