It might still be August but Leicestershire County Council has already started to prepare for winter.
Around 7,500 tonnes of grit have been delivered to its barns, bringing the total stock to more than 16,000 tonnes (more than 12 Olympic-sized swimming pools).
More will land in Melton, Nailstone, Mountsorrel and Misterton over the next few months.
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Eight kittens have been found abandoned after rescue workers believe their mother was abandoned when pregnant.
Police are appealing for any witnesses regarding an incident where a mother watched her 5-year-old daughter being led out of a park.
The pilot by Leicestershire Police involved scenes of crime officers attending attempted burglaries at even-numbered houses only.