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Cheadle and district battered by storms

By Cheadle Post and Times  |  Posted: February 19, 2014

By Abbey Buxton

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POLICE in Cheadle have reported that the recent storms and bad weather sweeping across the district were the most severe they have witnessed in their service.

The main incidents police responded to were trees and power cables coming down and blocking roads and damaging buildings.

Police responded to reports of large tress coming down and fallen power lines blocking roads at the following locations:-

Freehay where a tree came down onto power cables.

Tree down Oakamoor Road, near HalesView Farm.

Tree down Commonside, Cheadle.

Tree down A52 Kingsley Moor.

Number of pine trees down Maple Place, Cheddleton.

Two telegraph poles and power cables down at Moorland Road and Holly Avenue, Cheddleton

Large Tree and Metal sheeting from a roof on Cellarhead Road, Cellarhead.

The force of the wind snapped a Telegraph pole in two at Cellarhead Head Road.

Tree down outside Moorville Hall, Leek Road.

Tree down on A50 between Blythe Bridge and Uttoxeter

Trees down Hollington Road, Hollington

Trees down Whitehurst Lane, Winterfield Lane and Cheadle Road Weston Coyney

Power lines down in Caverswall

Trees down in Whiston, Kingsley Holt and Longnor.

Trees down on Ramshorn Road, Stanshope, Farley Road, Farley and Leekbrook. Police also attended a number of minor Road Traffic Collisions and a number of properties had roof tiles blown from their roof.

Despite winds peaking at over 80mph there were no reports of any injuries to any members of the public in the Staffordshire Moorlands that the police have been made aware of.

This was due to members of the public being sensible and following advice by remaining indoors and only venturing outside and travelling if they had no alternative.

PC Dave Stubbs, of Cheadle Police, said: "In all my years of service I don't think I have ever known a storm as severe as the one on Wednesday.

"We were extremely busy having received around 80 emergency calls for police assistance during the hours of the storm which hit the Staffordshire Moorlands around 2pm on Wednesday, February 12.

"More calls were received during these few hours than was received on the last Friday before Christmas (known as black Friday) and also during the whole of New Years Eve, which are traditionally the two busiest days we have.

"Police officers on duty across the Moorlands worked extremely hard with other emergency services, the Highways Agency and Western Power personnel to ensure members of the community were safe, power cables and fallen trees were made safe and removed from roads and properties as quickly as possible."

The violent storms battering the UK have also left local authority building control teams across the country under pressure, as surveyors are called to deal with structures that have been left dangerous by the gale-force winds.

Only local authority building control teams inspect dangerous structures whenever they are reported to ensure public safety.

They are often first on site, or get called in by fire service teams, to inspect the integrity of structures to ensure they are safe for anyone else to enter.

They recommend what urgent action needs to be taken and help to ensure the safety of the occupants, members of the public and the emergency services.

Paul Everall, Chief Executive of LABC, said: “Local authority building control teams across the country are on call 24 hours a day 365 days a year to ensure people are kept safe. Their vital role often goes unnoticed until events such as these occur. All local authorities need to ensure that they maintain the strength and quality of these teams.”

LABC runs a dangerous structures and demolition course for its members to ensure members are well versed with the law and how to deal with incidents whenever they arise. If you have responsibility for dangerous structures or you need a refresher, visit their website.

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