Fewer emergency calls despite terrible weather

FEWER people than usual in the St Albans district made emergency or priority calls to the police during last week s snow. Although Herts Police as a whole received 3,781 calls last week – some 700 more than in an average week – police attended 71 emerge

FEWER people than usual in the St Albans district made emergency or priority calls to the police during last week's snow.

Although Herts Police as a whole received 3,781 calls last week - some 700 more than in an average week - police attended 71 emergency 999 call-outs in St Albans which worked out at 10 daily, lower than the normal daily average of 14.

They also went out on a total of 167 priority incidents in the district - where police have to attend but there is no immediate threat to life or property - which at 24 a day were two fewer than the normal daily average.

Calls across the county ranged from road traffic collisions in icy conditions to anti-social behaviour with people throwing snowballs to broken-down vehicles on busy roads.


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The busiest day was Monday, February 2, followed by last Friday when the county suffered its second heavy snowfall.

Assistant chief constable Alison Roome-Gifford, thanked the public for their patience and co-operation despite traffic delays and treacherous conditions.

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