A PROBE has been launched after multiple Canvey residents reported strong smells of gas overnight.

Castle Point Council has confirmed its health department is investigating after numerous complaints of residents smelling gas in and around their homes last night.

Residents reported online that the smell had been present all day, including in roads such as Hilton Road, Long Road, Willow Close and East Crescent.

One resident said: "I had to shut my windows last night as the smell was in my room, it was very strong and quite worrying."

A spokesman for Castle Point Council said: "Castle Point Council’s Environmental Health department received reports of smells of gas this morning which are being investigated."