On the road to smell

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A PILE of manure caused a stink for motorists when it caught fire next to a busy road.

Smoked drifted across the A179, on the outskirts of Hartlepool, from a heap of manure that had caught fire in a nearby field.

A crew from Hartlepool’s Stranton Fire Station was called to the site at 11.05am yesterday.

They dowsed the mound and then decided to allow it to burn out naturally when the wind changed direction and the cloud moved away from the dual carriageway.