Police urge caution following fallen trees in Banburyshire

Thames Valley Police
Thames Valley Police

More than 150 reports of fallen trees in Oxfordshire have already been made this weekend as the bad weather continues to wreak havoc in the county.

Thames Valley Police and its partner agencies are continuing to work throughout the weekend to deal with a variety of issues being caused by the bad weather, with reports of a trees down in Old Parr Road, Banbury, the A44 near Chipping Norton and Great Rollright.

ACC Richard Bennett of Thames Valley Police said: “There remains an enormous amount of work ongoing across the Thames Valley to support communities who have been affected by flooding and this work will continue over the weekend and into next week.

“We have been liaising closely with the Highways Agency overnight to ensure reports of fallen trees are dealt with and cleared to try and ensure the least amount of disruption is caused to the road network.

“We have officers continuing to run regular patrols in affected areas, checking on vulnerable people, offering reassurance, crime prevention advice and acting as a deterrent to crime. I would like to reassure local residents and the communities affected that we will continue to maintain a high level of dedicated flood relief resources.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to remind people of the dangers of flood water. With half term next week, flooded areas may appear an attractive playground to children, however as well as the risk of drowning, flooded water can also prove a health risk. Stay safe and remain cautious when undertaking journeys in affected areas, avoiding driving through flood water whenever possible.”