Sainsbury's Hook customers have been driven away from the Chessington supermarket by a “vile smell” coming from the store’s drains.

Angry customers took to the Facebook group “South Of The Borough - Tolworth, Chessington And Hook” at the weekend to describe the foul smell.

Local resident Del Williams commented on the Facebook post: “it's been like it for months. I have complained as well but was just met with a blank attitude of there was nothing they could do."

Pauline Shier wrote: “I’m sure it must be a health hazard. I feel sorry for the people who have to work there.

“Customers are put off using the store as it can’t be hygienic for storing food. I’m sure Sainsbury’s will do something if losing customers because of it.”

Trish Jones wrote: “It’s worse when it rains and the overhang signage above outside leaks, it’s been like it for months.”

A Sainsbury’s spokesperson said the problem was not a hygiene or safety issue.

He said: “It’s just a bad smell that’s all.

”We are aware of this issue and working to resolve it as quickly as possible and we are apologising to customers.”