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Police received high-number of calls as Storm Deirdre battered Cumbria

Police reported a high volume of calls for service as storm Deirdre hit Cumbria yesterday afternoon into the evening.

Disruption was caused across Cumbria’s roads, paths and fells, but no major incidents or “pile-ups” were reported.

Police were called to a number of road traffic collisions where the weather was a contributing factor.  Thirteen collisions were reported across the north, south and west of the county in a short space of time, but there were no reports of serious injuries.

The A66 was closed between Penrith and Bowes during the afternoon into the evening. The stretch between Brough and Bowes remained closed until this morning. This was due to a number of road traffic collisions as a result of the hazardous conditions on the road.

The M6 between J38 and J42 had a temporary 30mph speed restriction in place, in both directions.

At least 7 trees came down onto roads across the county. Debris also caused issues. Police and partner agencies worked to clear the carriageways.

Superintendent Justin Bibby said: “It was an incredibly busy afternoon and evening yesterday, with roads, paths and fells badly affected by Storm Deirdre.

“Yesterday saw our Police Officers, and our partner agency colleagues working tirelessly to keep Cumbria moving.”

“I would like to thank the media agencies for their support in getting the ‘warn and inform’ message out so efficiently on Friday and Saturday. Getting the message out on so many channels kept the public well informed,  the vast majority of whom took heed and used caution.

“The support from the public was fantastic and I would like to thank everyone for their cooperation and understanding throughout the disruption.

“It is testament to everyone’s hard work that there were no serious injuries reported across the county.”

“As the cold weather continues remember to drive to the road conditions and make sure your car is prepped for winter.”

Police were called to a number of incidents last night including the following logs:

Log 281

Time called: 23:12

Location given: near the Ravenglass railway station.

Incident: Single vehicle collision

Details: Motorcyclist came off bike near the Ravenglass Railway Station.

Minor injury.

Log: 264

Time called: 21:54

Incident: Single vehicle collision

Location: The road from Kitchenhill to Stone Bowscar

No injuries

Log: 223

Time called: 19:43

Location: B6277 near to HIGH FORCE WATERFALL

Incident: Single vehicle collision

Details: car colliding with kerb

No Injury

Log 216

Time called: 19:28

Location given: Near to the junction To Skelton, on the B5305, Unthank to Penrith Road

Incident: Single vehicle collision

Details: Suzuki left road and entered a ditch.

Injuries, not serious.

Log: 211

Time called: 19:04

Location Given: A66 Eastbound Stainton Penrith

Incident: Single vehicle collision

Details: A Citroen collided with a fence and gate post after leaving the carriage way (this car ended up on the other side of the road).

Reported as minor injuries

Log 210

Time Called: 19:02

Location Given: A66 between the two Temple Sowerby Junction Westbound

Incident: Single vehicle collision

Details: Involved a Nissan Qashqai (no further details)

No reported injuries

Log 206

Time Called: 18:54

Location given: Temple Sowerby Bypass Temple Sowerby

Involved: Single vehicle collision

Details: Peugeot on its side.

No reported injuries

Log: 192

Time called: 18:32

Location given: BETWEEEN J39 AND J40 M6

Incident: Two vehicle collision

Details: Range Rover and Jaguar

No reported injuries

Log: 188

Time called: 18:24


Incident: Single vehicle collision

Details: Mercedes  (no further details)

No Injuries

Log: 184

Time called: 18:19

Location Given: M6 NORTHBOUND PENRITH (M02)

Incident: Two vehicle collision

Details: Coach and Audi

Damage only, no injuries

Log: 181

No Collision –driver reporting having to abandon their vehicle due to weather conditions on B6270 KIRKBY STEPHEN.

Log: 174

Time called: 17:33

Location Given: A5074 LYTH KENDAL

Incident: Single vehicle collision

Details: Vauxhall Astra colliding with a ditch

No reported injuries

Log: 186

Time of call: 17:14

Location given: M6 SOUTHBOUND between Shap to PENRITH

Incident: Single vehicle collision

Details: Fiat collided with crash barrier

No Injuries

Log: 162

Time of call: 16:49


Incident: Two vehicle collision

Details: Citroen and a Luton van, road closed whilst vehicles were recovered.

No injuries

Calls of trees down and debris on the roads. Trees down across the county including at/on:

  • Burton Road, Holme
  • A689
  • A686 ALSTON

There were reports of Power cables down in Holme too.

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