Rush of storm calls to police

POLICE received more than 40 emergency calls related to the weather today as storms lashed Suffolk.

A PORTALOO was blown across a road in Ipswich and a tree came crashing down just a few feet from motorists today as strong winds lashed Suffolk.

The tree in Princes Street, Ipswich, fell on to the pavement next to where a string of motorists sat in their cars in heavy traffic.

Part of the tree fell against the Drum and Monkey pub and a clean-up operation is now under-way.

Police received more than 80 emergency calls related to the weather today as storms lashed Suffolk.

Between 9am and 12pm Suffolk Police received 42 weather-related calls.

They had 25 calls about trees which blew over or were blocking or partially blocking roads.

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A small number of calls were also taken about cables coming down and energy companies have been informed..

Two calls were received about traffic lights swinging dangerously in Lowestoft.

A portaloo was blown across Scrivener Drive in Ipswich, a flagpole was damaged in Lowestoft, a wall was blown over in Reydon and a roof was damaged in Aldeburgh.

Police received six calls from people in Babergh, nine from Mid Suffolk, eight from Waveney, 11 from Suffolk Coastal two from Ipswich, one from Forest Heath and five from St Edmundsbury.

From midnight to 9am Suffolk Police had 41 calls, including 27 reports of trees which had been blown over, were blocking or partially blocking the roads.

Suffolk Police had 11 weather-related calls from Babergh, seven from Mid Suffolk, four from Waveney, two from Forest Heath, six from Suffolk Coastal and 11 from St Edmondsbury.

Signs have also been reported to have been blown down in Ipswich, on the A12 at Nacton, the A14 at Wherstead and in Bury St Edmunds.

A small number of calls were also taken about cables coming being blown down. Energy companies have been informed.

And in Wrentham a gazebo was also blown from a field into a road.

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