Police send safety reminder as storm hits

Northumbria Police have reiterated messages of caution in the current weather conditions.

People advised to stay away from coastal and riverside areas and avoid coastal paths, promenades, beaches and piers.

In particular areas on the Quayside and in Northumberland have been affected.

There is limited access north of the Swing Bridge and people are advised to avoid the area.

The strong winds are already causing disruption across the region and motorists are advised to take extra care, in particular high sided vehicles.

Homeowners are advised to make sure any garden items are secure.

Assistant Chief Constable Gary Calvert said: “We recognise some members of the community will feel vulnerable at this time and officers along with other agencies are offering reassurance at every opportunity. “Extra officers are on patrol in the areas expected to be worst hit and anyone concerned should speak to a local officer or ring 101.

“We’d urge members of the public to keep up to date with the latest situation - keep checking the Met Office and Environment Agency websites for information and updates and tune into local radio and TV.

“If no access to internet you can ring the Environment Agency Floodline on 0845 988 1188. This line has the latest information in relation to flood warnings and pre recorded advice.

“If you are driving then stay safe, slow down and keep your distance. Make sure you are visible. Check ahead and make sure your destination isn’t an area affected by flooding.

“We would urge people to take note of the warnings that are being issued and if they are advised to avoid an area to heed that advice.”

Residents can access the latest ‘alert’ information at the environment agency website - www.environmnet-agency.gov.uk or by calling Floodline on 0845 988 1188. Specific flood information is available at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods

The public can monitor updates about the weather on the Met Office website www.metoffice.gov.uk

Further information is available on local council websites and the Northumbria Police website www.northumbria.police.uk.

In an emergency ring 999. If it is less urgent ring 101.

Northumbria Police is working as part of the Northumbria Local Resilience Forum which is made up of local authorities, emergency services, environment agency. The LRF is working closely to monitor the situation and ensure the safety of members of the public.