FOR the second day running Cirencester has been shrouded in a cloud of potentially problematic air pollution.

Increased levels of pollution, which are currently affecting large parts of England and Wales, have been caused by a mix of local and European emissions and dust from the Sahara desert.

The level of pollution in Cirencester, which was classed as high yesterday, has been downgraded to moderate according to Defra's Daily Air Quality Index.

A message on the Defra website said that "adults and children with lung problems, and adults with heart problems, who experience symptoms, should consider reducing strenuous physical activity."

However, the majority of the people are being reassured that they should "enjoy usual outdoor activities."

Many motorists in the town will have noticed sand particles settling on the windscreens of their cars in the last 48 hours.

The level of pollution covering Cirencester is expected to return to normal from tomorrow (Friday, April 4).

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