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 STOKE-ON-TRENT, NEWCASTLE-UNDER-LYME, STAFFORDSHIRE MOORLANDS, SOUTH CHESHIRE

Emergency services issue warning to motorists following dangerous snowfall


Emergency services are urging the public to avoid travelling following dangerous amounts of snowfall across Staffordshire and Derbyshire.

Staffordshire Police, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, West Midlands Ambulance Service and the British Army are currently dealing with multiple reports of vehicles becoming stuck in deep snow on the A53 and A523 near Leek and are working around the clock to rescue those inside.

Both roads remain closed to ensure public safety and specialist rescue vehicles have been deployed to the area, including support from local farmers and agricultural vehicles. Gritters and snow blowers have been working overnight and continue to clear routes where possible, although extreme snowfall in some areas of the region have made this increasingly difficult.

A major incident has not been declared in Staffordshire, although the situation remains serious.

Assistant Chief Constable, Rebecca Riggs, said: “Emergency services are doing everything possible to get to those in need and bring them to safety as quickly and effectively as possible.

“The public are urged not to make any journeys unless absolutely necessary. Road conditions in some areas pose a serious safety risk and increasing snowfall is making visibility a major issue.

“If you do need to make a journey, please keep to main roads wherever possible and plan your route in advance. Make sure you have de-icer, warm clothing, food, water and blankets in case you become stuck as a result of the adverse conditions”

More essential information on how to stay safe can be found here: Travelling in winter - National Highways

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