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Warning issued to pub and club goers as well as motorists by Norfolk Police as Beast of the East continues to bite

PUBLISHED: 08:47 03 March 2018 | UPDATED: 09:59 03 March 2018

Chief inspector Sonia Humphreys, left, part of the Norfolk Resilience Forum about the weather at the Wymondham police HQ. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Chief inspector Sonia Humphreys, left, part of the Norfolk Resilience Forum about the weather at the Wymondham police HQ. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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Motorists in the county are still being urged to only travel if necessary after fresh snowfall overnight while there is also a warning for pub and club goers looking to venture out tonight.

The Beast of the East continues to bite with another covering of the white stuff into the evening and during the night meaning parts of Norfolk and Waveney experienced a covering of about 4cm.

The fresh dusting means Norfolk County Council’s highways staff and farmers with snowploughs are set to be out again during the morning clearing snow and trying to make roads safe to use.

Police chiefs have today reiterated appeals for drivers to exercise caution if they are going out, particularly on rural roads.

Chief Inspector Sonia Humphreys, from Norfolk Constabulary’s contact and control room, said: “We still would want people to be limiting their journeys to only the necessary ones or thinking about what they could do to perhaps share that burden with neighbours or family so they are breaking down some of those journeys so they are not going out unnecessarily.

“We’ve had some really concerning situations over the last few days and we’ve worked really hard with fire and voluntary sector as well to make sure we could get to those people who were stuck in the snow drifts as quickly as possible and recover them.

“We’ve still got vehicles out and about but we’re making contact with owners saying you’ve left them on the roadside and where its safe to do so we’re asking them to come and look at recover or helping them out where we can.”

But as well as motorists, a warning has also been issued to pub and clubbers who might be looking to head out into the city or towns in freezing conditions this weekend.

Chf Insp Humpreys said: “My biggest concern is we’re now coming into the weekend and have had many people stuck indoors not being able to get out or with their families now needing supplies or even perhaps our younger communities who are thinking about venturing out for the evening and using the city and the town centres to perhaps let off some steam after perhaps being cooped up so my advice now, as we’re going into that period, would be if you’re going out in the evenings we had an unfortunate tragic loss of life earlier in the year and that was due to severe cold and I would ask people to keep an eye out for your friends, make sure people are getting home safe and if you are going out please dress appropriately.”

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 – include the 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

• If you get stuck in the snow stay with your car, but in an emergency if you do need to leave it, park it out of the main traffic route, where it won’t cause an obstruction when conditions ease.

• Leave a contact number on the inside of the windscreen and return to your car at the first opportunity you have.  

Anyone who does get stuck or feels they are in danger, should call police on 101 or 999 if an emergency.

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