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Heroic response to Beast from the East has 'shown Norfolk at its finest', says police commissioner

PUBLISHED: 17:33 03 March 2018 | UPDATED: 17:33 03 March 2018

Snow at Norwich railway station. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Snow at Norwich railway station. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2018

Heroic efforts by communities and emergency services to save vulnerable people in treacherous snowy conditions have "shown the Norfolk community at its finest", the county's police and crime commissioner (PCC) has said.

Norfolk Police and Crime Commisssioner Lorne Green.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYNorfolk Police and Crime Commisssioner Lorne Green. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Lorne Green said he had sent a message to Norfolk Police to “express my gratitude for the heroism and commitment they’ve shown in the most difficult and extraordinary circumstances” since the Beast from the East struck on Tuesday, February 27.

But he also praised the wider community amid countless stories of bravery, including people digging ambulances out of snow and farmers clearing roads for emergency vehicles to pass.

“It has shown the Norfolk community at its finest,” said Mr Green.

Police officers were issuing safety warnings for the weather before snow had even started to fall in the county.

Snow drifts. 
Picture: Nick ButcherSnow drifts. Picture: Nick Butcher

But nothing prepared the county for what was to take hold, as busy roads became completely impassable, drivers crashed and got stuck in the tricky conditions and entire villages became cut off from the rest of the world.

There were countless tales of police bravery in the 1,800 incidents they subsequently dealt with, whether it was naviating tricky conditions to reach someone in jeopardy or helping to clear roads so that emergency journeys could be made.

The treacherous conditions they were having to work in became only too visible when one police officer was photographed up to his knees in snow on the A140.

Mr Green said: “They have never given up. They were determined to do what they could to help. When roads were blocked, they were determined to get them cleared.

“The resilience they’ve shown in not quitting and not giving up is outstanding. People can be proud of their emergency services.”

His message was echoed by Norfolk chief constable Simon Bailey, who Tweeted: “During times of advertisy the Norfolk spirit comes to the fore.

“In the last 72 hours @NorfolkPolice, @Norfolkfire @EastEnglandAmb, @NorfolkCC with partners and the media have worked as a great team to keep our communities safe and moving.”

In another Tweet, he said: “Officers deserve so much credit for everything they are doing.”

Do you know someone who deserves recognition for their efforts during the Beast from the East? Email newsdesk@archant.co.uk

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