County’s roads hit by results of strong winds

Little Harrowden to Sywell Road B574 - storm force winds brings down tree - road blocked. 'Thursday, 05 January 2012
Little Harrowden to Sywell Road B574 - storm force winds brings down tree - road blocked. 'Thursday, 05 January 2012
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Strong winds swept across the county yesterday causing trees to fall and chaos on the county’s roads.

Police were called to about 30 incidents in the county by midday in which trees had blocked roads.

Among the affected roads were Sywell Road between Little Harrowden and Mears Ashby, Addington Road in Irthlingborough, the A43, south of Holcot turn and Northampton Road, Brixworth.

A car was reported to have been blown across the road in Hawthorn Road, Kettering, yesterday afternoon.

Eyewitness Manisha Patel, manager of Hawthorm Stores, said: “The car was blown a couple of metres, and it went onto the pavement.”

A small metal shed was blown away in Gannet Lane, Wellingborough, at about midnight on Wednesday.

Firefighters were called to a home in Holme close, Wellingborough, after a trampoline blew over a fence to a neighbouring property.

Corby escaped the worst of the storms but police said they received reports of a fallen tree in Thoroughsale Road, in the town, at about 12.20pm yesterday. The incident was reported to the county council’s Street Doctor.

A spokesman for Corby Council said workmen were called out to repair numerous fences which had been blown down and to fix three leaking roofs after tiles were blown off.

Hoardings outside The Cube, covered with large images of town events and people, and put by by Corby Community Arts, also came down in strong gusts.

Anyone who sees a fallen tree blocking a road is asked to notify the police by calling 999.