Hereford & Worcester

Herefordshire and Worcestershire roads gritted in cold snap

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Media captionThe Met Office have issued an amber weather warning for Herefordshire

Gritters will be continuing to work on the roads of Herefordshire and Worcestershire as temperatures are predicted to stay below freezing.

Worcestershire County Council said its full fleet of 31 gritters will be operating over the weekend.

Herefordshire Council said 861 tons of grit have been laid on roads so far and all of their 15 crews will be working over the weekend.

Temperatures are expected to drop to -3C (26F) overnight.

Worcestershire County Council said all 1,233 grit bins have been refilled and encouraged people to use its interactive map to find the nearest one.

Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to stay safe by staying off frozen water.

Station Commander Alan Haley said: "We'd urge people not to step on to the ice at all, and certainly not to be tempted to skate, rescue an animal or retrieve a ball.

"They could easily fall though into the water, or get trapped below the ice, risking hypothermia or even drowning."

Hereford United's game against Dartford has been called off due to the weather.

Worcester City's Blue Square Bet North game at Bishops Stortford is also off due to a frozen pitch

Kidderminster Harriers' game at Macclesfield Town is expected to go ahead, as the home side have appealed for volunteers to shovel snow from the frost covers.

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