Motorists urged to take care in high winds

DRIVERS are being warned by police to take extra care as strong winds blow across the Daventry area.

Although there is no weather warning out for the area, the high winds have brought branches and trees down, plus signs and other debris have been blown onto roads.

Locations which have had reported incidents with fallen trees, branches and signage today are as follows:-

Ashton, Badby, Chapel Brampton, Deanshanger, Fosters Booth, Fotheringhay, Great Oxendon, Little Bourton, Loddington, Long Buckby, Maidford, Northampton, Oundle, Paulerspury, Podington, Polebrook, Spratton, Wilby and Yardley Hastings.

At the moment there have been no problems on the M1.

Inspector Neil Dorothy, from Northamptonshire Police, said: “Fallen trees and branches have caused disruption on main A roads but there is a greater risk to motorists using the lower graded rural roads.

“Extreme caution should be exercised on these roads, as you really don’t know what might be in the road ahead in these conditions.

“For the safety of all road users it is vital that you drive appropriately to the conditions, and leave plenty of time for the journey so you are not tempted to speed in order to get to your destination on time.

“If anyone in the local community is qualified in using cutting equipment and can assist with the clearance of trees and branches in their area then we would like to hear from them.”

Winds are expected to drop later this evening.

Anyone trained in using cutting equipment - farmers in particular – who can assist at a local level should contact the police on 03000 111 222 to notify us of their availability and intention so that we can plan and record any actions accordingly.