Big storm: Suffolk police receive hundreds of calls in just one hour

A large tree blocking the main road in Battisford

A large tree blocking the main road in Battisford - Credit: Archant

Suffolk police have taken almost 200 storm-related calls in just one hour so far today.

The calls, recorded between 8am-9am, have been concering the large number of trees and power lines down across the county.

A force spokeswoman said the major incidents this morning have included a double-decker bus overturning into a field in Coram Street, Hadleigh and a lorry being forced over by strong winds in The Street, Mendlesham.

All passengers are off the bus but the driver is being treated for injuries.

The Orwell Bridge remains closed with diversions in place.

Police are advising only to travel if the journey is essential as flying debris, gusts of high winds and obstructions make it difficult and dangerous on the roads.

The spokeswoman said: “Motorbikes and bicycles are particularly vulnerable in high cross winds. A storm of this severity has the potential to overturn high-sided vehicles and caravans.

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“Steer clear of sea fronts and quays. High winds will also give large waves and spray along the coasts. Avoid woodland, beaches and exposed headlands.

“Consider how to minimise risk to yourself, your family and your property – and be a good neighbour if you know an elderly or vulnerable person who might need some help.

“Keep yourself up-to-date with the latest information by visiting the Met Office website or by tuning in to their local radio and TV news broadcasts – and, for travel information, monitor websites for local transport providers.”

On an average day Suffolk police take around 500 calls.

Ipswich Borough Council is currently still making bin collections but dependant on traffic and weather conditions.

Only emergency house repairs will be carried out today.

Ipswich’s parks are currently closed and the council spokesman said people should avoid going to other open spaces in the town.

The closed parks are Alexandra, Stonelodge, Christchurch and Holywells as well as Brunswick Road recreation ground.

There is also no public access to any of the cemeteries apart from for people attending services who will be guided by council staff.

Access to the Cemeteries Office and Crematorium is only possible by car from Colchester Road due to a tree blocking Cemetery Lane.