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Pictures: goods vehicles overturned by Storm Henry

Three goods vehicles have overturned in high winds whipped up by Storm Henry.

A white van and lorry overturned within a quarter of a mile of each other on the A66 County Durham-Cumbrian border, near the Stainmore Cafe.

Overturned van on the A66. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Overturned lorry on the A66. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Further north, on the A1, near junction 60 in Country Durham, another lorry was knocked over by the high winds.

Overturned lorry on the A1. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Co Durham road closed following landslip

Frosterley landslip

A landslip has forced the closure of the road between Frosterley and Stanhope.

Following an inspection of the site where the slip occurred on the C75 back road, Durham County Council has closed the road to ensure public safety.

Traffic is being redirected via the A689 and diversion signs will be in place as soon as

The landslip happened some time during the weekend following heavy rainfall and the stormy conditions.

It is thought repairs could take several months.


High winds topple three commercial vehicles in our region

Police say that some van and lorry drivers appear to be ignoring their advice not to use certain routes in high winds after three commercial vehicles overturned.

Two of them are within a quarter mile stretch of each other on the County Durham/ Cumbrian border.

One lorry and a large white van have gone over on the A66 eastbound close to the Stainmore Cafe near Kirkby Stephen.

And on the A1 southbound, near the A689 turnoff at junction 60, a third lorry has overturned.

Police say this is a sign that the winds are strengthening because this accident happened on lower ground.


Firefighters rescue bullock from slurry pit

A team of firefighters faced an unusual rescue operation when they were called out to save a bullock from a slurry pit.

The fire crew from Richmond, North Yorkshire, were sent to a farm at Kirby Fleetham near Northallerton at around 8.40 this morning after the bullock fell into the pit.

Five firefighters placed heavyweight straps underneath the bullock, which was up to its neck in slurry, to assist the farmer with the rescue.

The farmer then used a tractor with forklift to lift the frightened animal out of the 4ft deep pit.

The crew cleaned the bullock with a hose before returning it to the barn.

It took us about 45 minutes all together. All crews from North Yorkshire are a dab hand at this kind of rescue. It was hosed down and is back in the barn with all its mates.

– David Pitt, Fire Service Manager, North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service
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