Clean-up after winds batter county

A CLEAN-UP operation has been taking place across north Northumberland this week after battering winds tore tiles for roofs and uprooted trees.

Gusts of up to 71mph were recorded at Boulmer at 6pm on Monday and while the winds died down during the night, gusts of up to 49mph were registered on Tuesday.

The weather sparked a host of calls to Northumbria Police about trees falling down in rural villages, but no serious incidents took place.

Staff from Northumberland County Council’s highways and neighbourhood services spent around six hours dealing with the aftermath of the winds on Monday night.

Tree squads from Alnwick, Berwick and Morpeth used chain-saws and chippers to clear up fallen trees and branches, as well as clearing other debris such as some tiles that had been blown from roofs in Alnwick.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, teams continued the work, clearing debris.

A council spokeswoman said the worst affected areas included Warkworth, Shilbottle, Longframlington, Holy Island, Belford, Ulgham, Morpeth and Berwick.

In Alnwick, one driver’s car door was ripped off in the wind, while greenhouses were also blown over and garden furniture damaged.

On the roads, drivers were advised to take care and East Coast Main Line trains were affected after an obstruction on the line, thought to be a fallen tree.