Two teenagers have been seriously injured by a falling tree as the 'Beast From The East' storm continues to batter Britain.
The boys were trapped beneath the conifer after it came crashing down in high winds in Blackley, north Manchester on Thursday.
The pair were taken to hospital with serious injuries after firefighters freed them by cutting the tree with a chainsaw.
The teenagers’ injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
The accident, on Erskine Road, was one of many caused by blasts of icy winds sweeping across the north-west.
Gusts reached speeds of up to 77mph in some parts of Greater Manchester.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service area manager Billy Myers said: “I would urge everyone to take precautions during this bad weather.
"Our advice is to only travel if absolutely necessary – and if you do have to travel, please take extra care and time when making your journey.
“In strong winds, please bring in any loose items from your garden, and secure furniture and large items such as gazebos and trampolines.
"Don’t take any risks and look out for vulnerable relatives and neighbours.”