Stoke & Staffordshire

Neighbour plea in icy conditions in Staffordshire

Houses in Burton-upon-Trent on 14 December
Image caption Icy conditions were set to continue in the region

People in Staffordshire have been urged to make sure vulnerable neighbours have essential supplies as sub-zero temperatures continue.

West Midlands Ambulance Service asked residents to make sure elderly, frail and other vulnerable people did not have to go out in icy conditions and risk hurting themselves.

The Met Office warned of severe weather in the West Midlands region. It said there was a continued risk of widespread ice on untreated roads and pavements on Sunday and Monday.

Temperatures in the region were set to range between -1C and -15C on Sunday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service urged people not to travel on "treacherously icy roads" unless necessary.

A spokeswoman said roads in the region were "littered with abandoned vehicles following the significant snowfall".

She added the service had seen many examples of community spirit over the past few days.

"We would appeal for people to be aware of those who are elderly, frail or in some way vulnerable to this type of weather condition whether they are friends, neighbours or relatives," she said.

"Why not show some community spirit and ensure that people in these categories do not have to go out and risk hurting themselves by getting in any essential supplies that they might need."

The region's motorway network is open, including the M5 which saw long delays on Saturday, but many small roads are impassable because of snow and ice.

Some flights at Birmingham Airport have been cancelled or delayed because of snowy conditions. Travellers were urged to check the airport's website and with their flight operators for details.

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