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Residents report 'fishy smell' across the Black Country as people debate cause of stench

Residents in areas across the Black Country complained of a strong "fishy smell" lingering in the air on Tuesday.

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The stench emanating from various areas of the Black Country has been described as "fishy". Photo: PA Wire.

People living in Sedgley, Gornal, Woodcross, Coseley, Tipton, and Penn have taken to social media to complain about the stench, with people comparing the smell to "burnt fish" and "rotting meat".

While an official cause has not been confirmed, debates among local residents have suggested the smell could be emanating from recently fertilised fields.

One person commented: "It’s probably sewage sludge (treated sewage) being spread close by on arable land. This will be happening a lot over the next month or so."

Another suggested: "It’s fertiliser - fish meal or bone (from someone who grew up rurally and is practically nose-blind to these sorts of smells now).