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Sheep rescued from freezing deep hole after getting stuck

What are ewe doing down there? Credit: Bucks fire and rescue

RSPCA officers saved a sheep from freezing to death in a hole after a man spotted the animal whilst out sledging with his children in Buckinghamshire on Sunday.

The ewe is thought to have fallen into the six foot deep hole at night as temperatures plunged below freezing.

Sheep rescue Credit: Bucks fire and rescue

He tried to pull the animal from the hole but couldn't so called in the RSPCA to help.

RSPCA animal collection officer Kate Wright and Nick Honor, station commander at Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service, rushed to the scene in Akeley, Bucks., on Sunday.

Despite slight grazing and being muddy the ewe wasn't injured.

Between the two of us we managed to pull her out.

"The ewe had grazed her back legs and was very cold and weak but we stayed with her for about an hour after getting her out and she eventually managed to walk over to the rest of the flock.

"I was able to track down an owner who attended straight away and was going to keep a close eye on her.

"I was very thankful to Nick, there was no way I could have got her out on my own."

– Kate Wright, RSPCA

People traditionally think that fire and rescue services only become involved in animal rescues when cats are stuck up trees. The reality, however, is very different.

"Fire and rescue services have a range of specialist skills and equipment to undertake animal rescues and will assist where there is a need.

"In this instance, working together with the RSPCA, we were quickly and successfully able to minimise any further distress and move the sheep to a place of safety."

– Nick Honor, station commander at Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service

Frosty scenes as temperatures dip below -5°C in the Anglia region

Frost, ice and freezing fog have hit the Anglia region as temperatures plunged close to -6°C.

The lowest temperature in the region was -5.6°C recorded at Norwich airport shortly before 6am.

Frost and ice at Needham Woods in Suffolk. Credit: Louise Woods
  • -5.6°C at Norwich airport
  • -4.8°C at Writtle, Essex
  • -4.5°C at Woburn, Bedfordshire
  • -4.3°C at Harpenden, Hertfordshire
  • -3.2°C at Stowe, Buckinghamshire

The lowest temperature in the UK was -11.6°C at Kinbrace in Scotland


Met Office issues freezing fog warning for morning rush hour

Drivers are being urged to take extra care on the roads with a Met Office weather warning for freezing fog in force for the Anglia region.

The Met Office says patches of fog and freezing fog have become more widespread overnight with visibility falling below 100 metres in places.

Be aware that this will cause difficult travel conditions, and some disruption to transport.

Area covered by the Met Office yellow weather warning for fog and freezing fog. Credit: Met Office

The weather warning covers much of the Anglia region and is in force until 10am on Thursday 21 January 2016

"Clear skies, light winds and rapidly falling temperatures have allowed patches of fog and freezing fog to form.

"These are expected to become widespread overnight, but will start to clear southern counties around dawn as wind speeds start to increase. However, fog and freezing fog will be slower to clear in the north, for example Vale of York."

– Met Office Chief Forecaster's Assessment

Unemployment figures continue to fall

Three years ago the region's unemployment figure stood at six per cent. Credit: PA.

Unemployment is continuing to fall across the region, according to the latest figures.

It is down by 14,000 in the East of England with just four per cent of the workforce - 119,000 people - not in a job.

It is the lowest of anywhere in the country outside the South East.

Fundraising effort for critically-ill man stranded abroad

Ronnie Slade fell ill when visiting Moldova.

A family from Milton Keynes is trying to raise £20,000 to fly their critically ill father home, after he got sick on holiday.

Ronnie Slade, 62, was visiting a friend in Moldova when he contracted flu and ended up on a life-support machine with pneumonia.

His daughters are now desperate to bring him back to the UK for treatment not available there.


Fishermen urged to take care as figures reveal deadly statistic

Commercial shipping accidents make up most of the incidents. Credit: ITV Anglia.

Fishermen in the region are being urged to stay safe after new figures show 88 in East Anglia were injured or killed in the past five years.

The figures from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution show many of those were commercial shipping accidents.

Lifeboats were launched 16 times to such craft last year - rescuing 25 people and saving one life.

'Frostjacker' warning issues

Police are concerned vehicle thefts may increase during the cold snap. Credit: ITV Anglia.

Police in Cambridge are warning people to be careful when de-icing their cars during the cold snap because thieves can take advantage.

So called 'frost-jackers' operate when people leave cars running to warm them up while they go back indoors.

It comes after a study found that almost half of motorists leave their cars unattended whilst they 'de-frost'.

Anti-speeding campaign launched

A police speed trap. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A new campaign is underway across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire to get drivers to stick to 30 mile per hour limits in built up areas.

Last year more than 72,000 people in the three counties were issued with tickets for speeding in 30mph zones, with some even clocking up to 99mph.

Police say pedestrians are four times more likely to die if they are hit by a vehicle at 40mph as opposed to 30mph.

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