Kent asks: “What is that noise coming from Thurrock?”

A MYSTERY ‘metallic banging noise’ which echoed across north Kent last night was caused by emergency repairs to a jetty in Purfleet.

Reports say the noise, which became noticeable shortly after 8pm on Tuesday night and continued for around an hour, could be heard as far east as Greenhithe and as far west as Crayford reports Newsshopper.co.uk

Dartford Council’s environmental health team confirmed they received 40 calls from confused residents enquiring as to what the unknown sound was.

Others called Kent Police, concerned about where the mystery noise was coming from.

News Shopper confirmed the sound was caused by emergency repair works to a privately-owned cargo jetty in Purfleet.

A Port of London Authority spokesman said: “The owners were carrying out repair works to a jetty that over-ran.”

It is believed the repairs to the Purfleet Deep Water Wharf, which included loud pile driving, were due to be finished by 6.30pm.

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