The Big Freeze

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Sports fixtures cancelled in Wolverhampton

Sports fixtures due to take place on Wolverhampton City Council's park pitches this weekend have been postponed because of the cold snap.

The city council normally leaves it up to individual match referees to decide whether a game should go ahead or not, but with sub-zero temperatures and snow expected in the coming days, it has been agreed to cancel all fixtures on Saturday and Sunday.

People 'helping themselves' to council grit urged to stop

Gedling Borough Council is asking people to stop stealing grit from roadside bins.

There are 221 grit bins around the area, which are supplied and maintained by Nottinghamshire County Council.

However, people have been seen 'helping themselves' to grit and spreading it on their private paths and driveways.

Councillor Michael Payne, Deputy Leader of the Council, said:

"Since the snow fell on Sunday evening, we’ve had several reported cases of people helping themselves from the bins and taking the grit home in their cars.

This isn’t its intended use, it’s theft, and I’d ask that people buy grit for use on their own properties from builders’ merchants or DIY stores rather than stealing it from council grit bins.

"The grit in the on street bins is there for pavements, footpaths and side roads, to help all our residents, particularly elderly and infirm people, to walk safely.

It’s not there for people to steal for their own properties."

– Councillor Michael Payne, Deputy Leader of the Council

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Between a rock and a hard place...impatient motorists throw stones at gritters

Ice gritting trucks targeted by impatient motorists Credit: PA

Ice gritting trucks are being targeted by impatient motorists - who have been pelting their vehicles with rocks.Staff at Northamptonshire Council revealed they have come under a barrage of missiles while out on their rounds.

They said disgruntled drivers stuck behind their vehicles have been pulling over to throw stones and bricks at them - because they're driving too slowly.A spokesman for Northamptonshire Highways said there had been a number of attacks:

“Unfortunately, some of our drivers have had stones and bricks thrown at them.“Our drivers are out two to three times day, trying to keep the county’s roads safe."Unfortunately, people have been getting impatient and started to throw things at the vehicles.

Big freeze hits the Midlands, full report

There is a warning that severe wintry weather could be on the way. Much of the Midlands has already had snow and more is likely to fall, along with blizzards.

As temperatures fall below freezing, people are being urged to keep an eye on elderly neighbours who could be at risk. Here is our correspondent Keith Wilkinson.

Freezing temperatures

The Met Office have issued an Amber Alert issued for snow on Friday 10-15cm is possible. The warning is for West Midlands & Derbyshire so far.

For the East Mids, in Derby on Saturday it will be freezing cold, breezy with snow, showers possible too.

For today isolated snow showers possible anywhere, fog lingering in many spots too.

Freeing fog in Heanor Credit: Darren Branston
Icy spider webs in Heanor Credit: Darren Branston

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Spike like frost in Nottinghamshire Credit: Gareth Wyld
Watermead Park near Leicester Credit: Clive Douthwaite
Frosty morning Credit: Martin Pagett

In pictures: Snow covers parts of Worcestershire

Snowman on top of the Clent Hills in Worcestershire, about an inch of crispy snow but very slippery ice in some shaded areas Credit: ITV Central
A wintry scene through the trees Credit: ITV Central
The sun setting through trees in Worcestershire Credit: ITV Central
Though sunny, temperatures remained low today Credit: ITV Central
Despite the sun shining throughout most of today much snow remains Credit: ITV Central
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