Multi-agency reaction as gales cause chaos across region

A chimney was blown down in Hartlepool
A chimney was blown down in Hartlepool

A MULTI-AGENCY effort has been tasked to ensure Hartlepool and the rest of the Cleveland police force area keeps “safe and moving” during the high force winds.

Cleveland Police is working alongside emergency service colleagues and other partner agencies to respond to a number of incidents in the area caused by the strong winds and rain.

Officers are responding to a number of incidents including trees falling, structural damage to buildings and road closures in areas of concern.

People are being asked to stay safe, especially when driving.

There is a team of staff from a number of agencies currently working from Cleveland Police Headquarters at Ladgate Lane, in Middlesbrough.

They are working on responding jointly to incidents and planning routes to ease disruption.

Officers say the ultimate aim is to keep people in Cleveland safe and moving.

Members of the public concerned about flooding should visit the Environment Agency website as there are flood alerts in place for the North-East.

Cleveland Police’s Twitter and Facebook feeds also contain information about staying safe, using the hashtag #polweather

Superintendent Ian Coates said: “During times of severely bad weather we work closely with local authorities and emergency service colleagues and other partner agencies to use the skills at our disposal and respond accordingly.

“We are adequately prepared to deal with weather of this nature and decisions such as road closures are made with the best intentions in order to keep people safe.

“Members of the public can help us to deliver the best service we can by driving safely and not doing things that would cause them harm in this weather.

“One of the most important things is to tune in to the radio, read websites and go to our social media pages to keep updated on the current situation.”