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Rangers battle snow to feed cattle

Though the cattle are comfortable in the cold, it makes getting food to them difficult. Credit: ITV News West Country

Rangers fought snow drifts and blizzard conditions to get onto cleeve common near cheltenham to feed a herd of galloway cattle.

The animals are happy living on the common - they are a highland breed and can withstand intense cold. But they have to be fed and the ice on their water trough has to be broken.

"We are up here every day to feed the cattle but in this weather it's difficult. The snow can blow over the tracks and you can easily get lost.We got stuck in drifts a couple of times getting here. But we made it in the end." - David Stevenson, Ranger.



Weather causes disruption to bus services

A number of services are disrupted on First bus routes:

  • 379: Bristol - Shepton Malet - Suspended
  • 10: Bath Bus Station - Green Park Bus Station circular - Unable to serve Sladebrook Road or Southdown Road
  • 4: City Centre - Bathampton - Unable to serve Holcombe Vale
  • 6/7: Bath City Centre - Larkhall/Fairfield Park - Unable to serve Fairfield Park
  • 14/14A: Weston - Odd Down - Unable to Serve Bloomfield Drive
  • 173: Bath - Wells - Not serving Binegar

All services in Taunton are suspended and almost all services in Bridgwater are also suspended with the exception of the 21/21A

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Drivers and passengers forced to stay in village hall

Drivers and passengers became stranded around 1am on the A39 between Bridgwater and Williton in Somerset when a build up of snow and fallen tress blocked their path.

30 people have spent the night in a village hall after becoming stranded Credit: ITV News West Country

Avon and Somerset Police transported the men and women by four-by-fours to a local fire station in the village of Nether Stowey to serve hot drinks to the group. A local councillor, was able to provide a key to open the village hall where the stranded motorists spent the night.

30 people have spent the night in a village hall after becoming stranded Credit: ITV News West Country
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