An eyewitness has told ITV Central that a crew is on its way to cut the central reservation to allow cars to turn around.
We have also been told that a coach has arrived to collect stranded motorists who have evacuated their vehicles in the exclusion zone.
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A threatening email warning of a 'student with an explosive' has been sent to schools across the country.
Patrick Gunar was caught on CCTV attacking the girl on Cambridge Street in Pear Tree last month as she was returning from the local shop.
The case against William Billingham, who has yet to enter pleas to charges of murder and making threats to kill, was adjourned.