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Police deal with 1,800 snow incidents in Norfolk in just four days

Snow and stranded vehicles in Hempnall. Photo: Zak Nelson

Snow and stranded vehicles in Hempnall. Photo: Zak Nelson

Zak Nelson

Officers in Norfolk have dealt with nearly 2,000 snow related incidents since the Beast from the East swept in sub-zero conditions.

The jackknifed lorry on the A143. Picture: NORFOLK POLICEThe jackknifed lorry on the A143. Picture: NORFOLK POLICE

Norfolk Constabulary has be called to 1,800 incidents due to the bad weather since midnight on Tuesday and officers dealt with 118 incidents last night.

Chief Inspector Sonia Humphreys warned that road conditions in parts of the county remain dangerous and urged people to only travel if it is essential.

“Roads are continuing to be affected with the main problem being snowdrifts,” she said. “We have also seen a number of cases where cars have been abandoned and we are working to try and clear these from the roads as soon as possible. If you do find yourself in a situation where you are having to leave your car, please try and move them off the carriageway if you can.

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A police officer pictured up to his knees in snow on the A140. Picture: NORFOLK POLICEA police officer pictured up to his knees in snow on the A140. Picture: NORFOLK POLICE

“More snow is predicted in the county from mid-afternoon which may cause further problems and we would urge those people who can, to consider their return from work earlier. We want to ensure people who are on the roads get home safely.

“The advice to motorists remains the same, please drive to the road conditions and only make the journeys that you absolutely have to. We know after several days of disruption that many people may need to make essential journeys but if you must travel, please consider sharing lifts with friends and neighbours to put less pressure on the road networks.

“It’s not a case of how suitable your vehicle is or how good a driver you are; many of these incidents happen without warning and the only way to avoid them is by not being on the road in the first place.”

With the weekend ahead she also asked people to check with organisers if events are cancelled.

A140 closed because of the weather. PIC: Norfolk Police Twitter.A140 closed because of the weather. PIC: Norfolk Police Twitter.

Representatives from a number of agencies including Norfolk County Council Highways, the Volunteer 4x4 Emergency Response Service, Norfolk Lowland Search and Rescue, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service and the Red Cross are at Norfolk Constabulary Headquarters in Wymondham co-ordinating resources so they are mobilised and able to respond effectively to incidents across the county.

Chf Insp Humphreys added: “If you do get stuck and feel you are in danger, please call us on 101 or in an emergency 999.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank those members of the public, particularly within the farming community, who have volunteered their time and equipment to help those in need.”

Drivers who need to travel at any point today are advised to:

• Plan ahead – check your route on a planner to see the latest traffic updates

• Tell friends or family about your travel plans – inc route – and let them know when you’ve arrived

• Make sure you vehicle is clear of snow/ice, has sufficient fuel and screenwash

• Allow plenty of time for your journey

• Travel at a low speed avoiding sudden braking/steering moves

• Keep a sensible distance between you and the car in front

• Use headlights – do not rely solely on daytime running lights

• If visibility falls below 100m use your fog lights

• Take provisions (blanket, warm clothing, food/water)

• Charge your phone before setting off.

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