Surge in 999 calls to Manchester police amid storm

Police officers from Greater Manchester Police took more than 1,700 calls in seven hours yesterday during the storm and gale conditions. Road closures were enforced across the area and a match at Manchester City FC's Ethiad stadium was cancelled.

Yesterday was a very challenging day for everyone in Greater Manchester - including ourselves as police officers, other emergency services and not least the people living and working in Manchester who were caught up in the gale force winds that hit the region.

As a result, we saw a large surge in the number of 999 and 101 calls made to Greater Manchester Police asking for our assistance in dealing with weather-related incidents.

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