RESIDENTS of Basingstoke have been left baffled after a smell of smoke has descended over the town.

First reported in the Spotted Hatch Warren and Beggarwood Facebook group late last night, people have been speculating on the source of the smell.

One user said: “Probably just Sainsburys overcooking all their bread again,” whilst another added: “I told my partner it smells like the wicker man ride at Alton Towers.”

However, the smell has appeared to spread throughout the town, with staff in the Gazette offices noticing it on Friday morning.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council confirmed that the smell had been reported by members of the public and they are investigating.