SMELL PATROL: Officers responding to a possible dead body in a plastic drum didn't find what they were expecting (file photo).
SMELL PATROL: Officers responding to a possible dead body in a plastic drum didn't find what they were expecting (file photo).

Police called to house over 'dead body' smell

POLICING is a job where you can expect the unexpected.

Two local officers attended a house on Short St at South Gladstone shortly after 3pm this afternoon after a man reported the smell of a dead body coming from a plastic drum he had found in his yard.

But when police arrived to take a look, the smell turned out to have been caused by nothing more than compost.

The man had only recently moved into the house and was cleaning up the yard when he came across the drum.

The Observer's journalist on the scene declined an offer from police to come and smell the contents for himself.