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Police warn motorists not to drive carelessly in snow

The driver of this car was stopped in Harlow Credit: Inspector Matt Allsop

Police in Essex say some motorists are driving carelessly in the snow.

One Inspector in Harlow tweeted a picture of a car officers had stopped with only a small amount of windscreen visible.

The Highway Code states it's a legal requirement to have a clear view of the road ahead before you set off.

Rule 229 of the Highway Code states:

  • You MUST be able to see, so clear all snow and ice from all your windows

  • You MUST ensure that lights are clean and number plates are clearly visible and legible

  • Make sure the mirrors are clear and the windows are demisted thoroughly

  • Remove all snow that might fall off into the path of other road users

  • Check your planned route is clear of delays and that no further snowfalls or severe weather are predicted.

Emu breaks loose in Essex

The emu was caught on camera running in the snow Credit: Olly Emson

Heavy snow may have been the main topic of conversation in some parts of Essex yesterday, but people living in Tollesbury had something a little more exotic to talk about.

Residents were rather bemused to see an emu running along the snowy streets.

Some posted pictures on social media of the bird named 'Farage', which had escaped from its owner on the other side of Tollesbury Church.

After a chase through the churchyard, the emu was safely captured and returned home.

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Snow stops train services in the East

National Rail says heavy snow is causing disruption to routes in East Anglia today.

The following services are currently affected:

Stansted Airport

Owing to points failures at various locations, trains between London Liverpool Street and Hertford East, Stansted Airport and Cambridge are subject to delays, alteration and cancellations.

Trains between Cambridge and Stansted Airport have been suspended and passengers are advised to travel via Bishops Stortford.

There's also disruption between Kettering and Corby with no services available.

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