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Drivers warned about ice on the roads

Wiltshire Council is advising motorists to take extra care on the roads this morning (19 February) with warnings of ice.

Gritting crews have been out on the roads since 4am, but people should be careful, especially on untreated back routes:

Milo the dog is rescued from frozen pond in Bristol

Milo and his owners pose with his rescuers Credit: Avon Fire & Rescue

A dog owner is extremely grateful after firefighters rescued her pet after he fell into a frozen pond in Bristol.

Milo the springer spaniel slipped through the ice during a walk in the Eastwood Farm nature reserve. He was in the water for 25 minutes before he climbed onto an island in the middle of the pond.

The tricky task of putting the inflatable walkway in place Credit: Avon Fire & Rescue

Firefighters used an inflatable walkway to reach the island and two firefighters walked across to Milo. They were able to get a lead on to the dog and walked him back to safety, where he was reunited with his owner. He was unhurt, just cold and wet.

Apart from being cold and wet, Milo was none the worse for his ordeal Credit: Avon Fire & Rescue

Avon Fire & Rescue is warning people to take extra care when outside during the cold weather.

Never venture onto frozen water. It may look solid but can break easily and anyone falling in will quickly feel the effects which could lead to hyperthermia or worse.

Always dial 999 and ask for the fire and rescue service. We have the equipment and training to deal with incidents of this nature.

– Avon Fire & Rescue Service spokesperson