Snow disruption across the Five Valleys - live updates
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- No more significant snow is expected over the next few days.
- GCC say ice on the county’s roads is still making driving conditions tricky.
- Highways teams are out gritting today, with a full run on key routes planned for 3am tomorrow.
- County council urges drivers to take extra care and think about the necessity of journeys.
@stroudnews Bussage snow 2013 http://t.co/9cKSU92p— @hummingbirdpho 21 January 2013
@stroudnews #snowwouldntmelt #sledgingfun http://t.co/GnHsTGvj— @lucy_rowlands 21 January 2013
Snow and ice in bussage :) @stroudnews http://t.co/Vptufoio— @popzxx 21 January 2013
Gloucestershire County Council has just issued an update on the weather conditions in the county.
Although no more significant snow is expected over the next few days, GCC say ice on the county’s roads is still making driving conditions tricky.
All routes are now passable, but care is still needed, particularly on higher ground or steep hills due to slush and blowing snow, the authority adds.
The Met Office has predicted that temperatures will not climb much above freezing this week and there is a chance of some snow in the Forest of Dean early tomorrow morning as a band of rain pushes in from the south west.
Highways teams are out gritting today, with a full run on key routes planned for 3am tomorrow.
With icy pavements as well as roads, residents are being urged to take extra care when travelling.
Grit bins have been provided in rural or problem areas, like steep hills or bends, for local people to treat the roads and pavements themselves – the salt is for highways and not for private use.
The county council has an agreement with Gloucester City Council and Cheltenham Borough Council to treat pavements in the city and town centres.
The county also has more than 100 salt hand-spreaders and thousands of bags of salt out in the communities to keep grit bins filled.
John Kay, Area Highways Manager, said: “All drivers, wherever they are in the county, need to proceed with caution on all routes even those on the key routes that appear to be are clear of ice and snow.
“We will continue to treat major roads across Gloucestershire and will be keeping a close eye on the weather so that we’re ready to respond if the weather worsens again.
”Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue crews are still on standby with their 4x4 emergency response vehicles, ready to react."
Follow @GlosHighways, @GlosCC, @GlosFire and @Glos_Police on Twitter for updates.
Tips on driving in icy conditions and keeping you and your neighbours warm and well during the wintry period can be found at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/winter
Stratford Park Leisure Centre, Dursley Pool and Sports Centre, The Museum in the Park and the Sub Rooms are all open as usual.
Maidenhill Sports & Dance Centre, Thomas Keble Sports Centre and Wotton Sports Centre have now reopened after being closed over the weekend.
Culver Hill, Amberley now fully open
WASTE and recycling collections across the Stroud district were cancelled on Friday due to snow and teams were unable to go out on Saturday due to the poor conditions.
Collections will be made today from areas and streets which are accessible.
Householders are advised to leave out their waste and recycling if they have already put it out, but if it hasn’t been collected by this evening residents are asked to take it back in and put it out for their next scheduled collection day.
For more information go to www.stroud.gov.uk/docs/environment/waste.asp#s=sectioncontent4&p=missed
The A419 at Cowcombe Hill, Chalford, is fully open
@stroudnews Snowdog made on Stonehouse Wharf by the kids 'on the block' ! http://t.co/bFLYoIOS— @janstonehouse 19 January 2013
@stroudnews Snow Cupcake made by @NomNomCupcakery. http://t.co/ZatRYy8Q— @NomNomCupcakery 21 January 2013
THOUGH most of the road network is now passable, Gloucestershire Police are urging caution particularly at routes on higher ground and in rural areas
Gloucestershire Highways advises that any routes with steeper inclines will be hazardous for some time and should only be attempted with care.
THE Met Office predicts that a further band of snow may approach the county from the South West on Tuesday morning, but this could equally arrive in the form of sleet or rain.
Follow @GlosHighways @GlosCC @GlosFire and @Glos_Police on Twitter for updates.
Tips on driving in icy conditions can be found at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/winter
Traffic updates can be found on the Highways Agency website at www.highways.gov.uk/traffic-information
For the latest weather updates check the Met Office website at www.metoffice.gov.uk
@stroudnews #snowangels http://t.co/fdMq7YoM— @lucy_rowlands 18 January 2013
Hazardous driving conditions on the A419 Cowcombe Hill in Chalford around the Gipsy Lane junction, because of snow.
The A419 Ebley Bypass is now clear in both directions after an earlier jackknifed lorry at the B4008 Ebley Road junction.
Still hazardous driving conditions on the Ebley Bypass in both directions in Stonehouse around the B4008 Ebley Road junction, because of snow.
Almost all Community Meals delivered today, mainly by volunteers in 4x4s with regular drivers. All contacted to check safe & had food, drink— @GlosCC 18 January 2013
Gloucestershire Care Services have thanked their staff for continuing to cope well with the difficult weather conditions and ensuring that patients continue to receive their care at home and are safe.
Susan Field, director of adult services from Gloucestershire Care Services said: “Our teams in the community are continuing to ensure that vulnerable, elderly people who may need extra support, and those receiving end of life care or intravenous therapies are getting the help and support they need.
“We are making use of 4x4 vehicles when required to help us reach homes in the more rural areas of the county, and we anticipate ramping up this service later today and into the evening.
“Our eight community hospitals are managing well, and those patients with clinic appointments or booked X-rays have been contacted directly if any changes have happened.
“My thanks to all our staff and many others who continue to do a magnificent job and are working extremely hard to look after their patients despite the challenging winter weather.”
#gritters out again tonight. Here's pic of one of @GlosHighways salt domes. We got in extra this year #glosprepared http://t.co/00ZYjjXT— @GlosCC 18 January 2013
@stroudnews @melswatts @NickiClapton view from my window, Cranham http://t.co/8e35sqDu— @Ilieve 18 January 2013
@stroudnews #Batemans Sports Ltd http://t.co/sU0a10E2— @BatemansSports 18 January 2013
@stroudnews #IciclesAtWork :) http://t.co/7M9BG0Hv— @KateBHFStroud 18 January 2013
Good news is the salt is doing its job & vast majority of major routes are passable.Take extra care on B roads though. #glosprepared— @Glos_Police 18 January 2013
@stroudnews Gloucester&Sharpness Canal this morning @ Quedgeley ❄❄❄ http://t.co/nM13NvKA— @karen8015 18 January 2013
@stroudnews snow doggy http://t.co/5OVhOYfP— @karen8015 18 January 2013
All household recycling centres are closing at 3pm today, Friday – Gloucestershire County Council will update residents about plans for tomorrow as soon as possible.
We've had some fantastic pictures sent in today of readers enjoying the snow.
Keep them coming by tweeting @stroudnews
@stroudnews my little man built his first snowman today! http://t.co/3obWHEJP— @SmartGinny 18 January 2013
Hazardous driving conditions on the A419 Cowcombe Hill, in Chalford at the Gipsy Lane junction, because of a broken down vehicle and snow.
WITH brisk winds continuing, Gloucestershire County Council says drifting snow is still likely, especially on higher ground, which may mean drivers experience much deeper snow than they might have anticipated.
The current travel advice for Gloucestershire is only to make journeys if they are absolutely necessary.
County council services are open for business as usual, however residents are reminded that some services in the county will be carried out by a reduced number of staff.
More than 300 schools in the county are closed because of the severe weather. For the latest information, visit www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/closedschools
Police have identified the following roads as hazardous and motorists are urged to avoid them if possible:
A419 Cowcombe Hill
A419 Little Witcombe (Birdlip)
Unclassified Road - Toadsmoor Hill, Brimscombe
Unclassified Road - Nailsworth to Minchinhampton
Parliament Street, Stroud
A435 Cirencester to Cheltenham
A436 Birdlip to Seven Springs
Gloucestershire Highways teams are out treating key routes this afternoon and anticipate further gritting runs this evening following rush hour.
Fraser Walker-Cobbe, seven, built this snowman in Bank Gardens with his father Hector Cobbe on Friday Picture: Jack Watts
Hazardous driving conditions on M5 between J14, B4509 (Thornbury) and J8 M50, because of snow.
Tonight’s performance at the Sub Rooms, Stroud still going ahead
TONIGHT’S performance of Spitfire Solo will go ahead as planned at the Subscription Rooms in Stroud.
Tickets are available on the door for the production, which begins at 7.30 pm, and are priced at £12 for adults and £10 for concessions.
Fraser Walker-Cobbe, seven, enjoying the snow in Bank Gardens this morning, Friday
Picture: Ash Loveridge
Tonight's performance of Cotswold Players' production Honk! is cancelled.
Those who booked online by credit card will be refunded automatically. Those who paid by cheque will be refunded over the next few days.
There are still seats available for performances next week for those who would like to re-book.
Tickets can be booked online at www.cotswoldplayers.co.uk or by phone on 0844 8700 887
A collision on Parliament Street, Stroud this morning has caused two drivers to abandon their vehicles. One car has visible damage to the front and the other has run off the road into the nearby car park. Pictures: Jack Watts
Hazardous driving conditions on St George's Avenue in King's Stanley at the Brockley Road junction, due to an accident.
A419 Ebley Bypass in Stonehouse closed in both directions at the B4008 Ebley Road junction, because of snow and a jackknifed lorry.
TRAFFIC UPDATE - BUS SERVICES
Service 14 - No service to King's Stanley or Leonard Stanley. The route has been diverted as follows; Stroud Merrywalks via Cainscross Road to Dudbridge, A417 to Stonehouse before ressuming normal route.
Service 20 - This service is operating a normal route to Stonehouse High Street from Stroud Merrywalks. The service is unable to operate around the Stonehouse estate (Meadow Road, Juniper Way, Woodcock Lane, Maidenhill School, King's Road, Gloucester Road, Midland Road, and Elms Road).
Service 21 - This service will operate same route as the service 20 to Stonehouse High Street then normal route to Lower Cam where the service will terminate. No service on this route to Durley or Uley.
Service 26 - No service to France Lynch area. Service 26 will operate between Stroud and Chalford via the A419 untill further notice.
Service 37 - No service to Cashes Green, this service has currently been withdrawn.
Service 46 - This service will operate along normal route between Cheltenham and Stroud, however allow extra time for travel and expect delays due to the weather conditions. This service will operate normal route from Stroud to Dudbridge and then divert via the A46 to Nailsworth where it will terminate at Nailsworth Bus Station. No service to Forest Green area.
Service 93 - This service has been withdrawn due to the road conditions.
RT @Locking_Hill: Look what we've got stuck in the snow outside the front of the surgery...#Stroud http://t.co/x0ujlYvy— @DrDASmith 18 January 2013
Stratford Park Leisure Centre will close at 5pm today and will hopefully open as normal over the weekend
The A419 is closed at Cowcombe Hill, Chalford
In Nailsworth this morning, three cars lost control on The Ladder with the collision forcing one car through a wall.
The Ladder is closed in both directions at the Hollies Hill junction, because of snow and the collapsed wall.
Light snow will continue to fall until late this evening. Temperatures will remain below freezing, with a low of -2 degrees Celsius.
Tonight will see freezing mist and fog resulting in very poor visibility
There is no snow forecast for Saturday.
Temperatures will rise to above freezing at lunchtime but will drop to -1 degrees Celsius in the evening and will remain below freezing throughout the night.
There is no snow forecast for Sunday.
Temperatures will remain below freezing throughout the day and into Sunday night with a low of -2 degrees Celsius.
Heavy snow is forecast again for Monday morning.
@stroudnews Polar bear spotted in Stroud. http://t.co/PSfp0hyJ— @sha_boi_herbs 18 January 2013
CrossCountry train service disrupted between Gloucester and Newport (South Wales) due to broken down train between Gloucester and Lydney.
Shereen Meanwell of Chalford took this photograph of her 10-month-old puppy, Brownie enjoying the snow this morning.
A46 Dudbridge Hill Stroud, both ways at A419 junction now clear
The debate on Stroud MP Neil Carmichael's Antarctic Bill has resumed in the House of Commons following a statement from the Prime Minister on the current situation in Algeria.
Mr Carmichael has also just extended his condolences to the families of those hostages who have been killed.
To watch live coverage of the Antarctic Bill debate go to: www.bbc.co.uk/democracylive/21006885
Ecotricity will be closing at 3pm today, Friday, to allow staff to travel home more safely in daylight.
@stroudnews Avening Snowman http://t.co/oUQz4ChV— @scampish 18 January 2013
The Ladder, in Nailsworth is closed both ways due to collapsed wall and snow at Hollies Hill.
A419 Ebley Bypass now clear westbound at the B4008 Ebley Road Roundabout junction.
@stroudnews Complete white-out across the valley from #ChalfordHill to Aston Down. All roads out of village impassible http://t.co/cTcwAVOA— @glynhale 18 January 2013
A419 Ebley Bypass closed both ways due to jackknifed lorry and snow at B4008 Ebley Road.
Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue is offering advice and urging people to be safe during this wintry spell.
Heaters regularly cause deaths in the home. Most accidents happen because people sit too close to them or stand them too close to clothing or other items in the room.
Follow these simple rules for safe use:
• Make sure all heaters are well clear of furnishings and on a flat surface
• Try to sit at least 1metre away from the heat source
• Use a fireguard, permanently if you have young children
• Do not dry laundry by the fire, or on the fireguard
•Never block or obstruct an air vent as proper ventilation is essential
• Make sure the heater is regularly serviced
Many people use electric blankets, especially the elderly. Here are some tips for using them safely:
• Always turn the blanket off when you get into bed
• Replace the blanket every ten years and test every two years
• Always check your blanket for scorch marks, water damage, mould or exposed wires
• Never use a hot water bottle or drink fluids in bed when you have your electric blanket fitted to it.
There is also the risk of power cuts at this time of year. If this happens, use torches or lanterns and not candles or paraffin lamps. Fires happen when candles are in use because they are left unattended, left alight when people go to bed, used in the wrong type of holders, placed on unstable surfaces, or are placed too close to clothing and furnishings.
A significant number of house fires start in the kitchen. A lot of them could be prevented by:
• keeping ovens clean to prevent a build-up of fat and grease
• taking care when cooking with oil, especially in a chip pan
• avoiding leaving children unsupervised in the kitchen when the cooker is on
• keeping tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and avoid drinking alcohol while cooking
A46 Dudbridge Hill, Stroud, closed due to snow and jackknifed lorry at A419.
Two lanes closed and hazardous driving conditions due to snow and jackknifed lorry on M5 Northbound between J15 M4 (Almondsbury Interchange) and J14 B4509 (Thornbury / Falfield).
@stroudnews Walking up from Chalford to Bussage http://t.co/vrPPtpux— @CarolineElliker 18 January 2013
@stroudnews http://t.co/wRqUSghs— @CarolineElliker 18 January 2013
@stroudnews Only 4wd are able to get up Bowbridge Lane from London Rd. Others get stuck, turn round or abandon vehicles. Best not to try.— @PurplePotter 18 January 2013
Snowmegeddon in Stroud. Beer lorry has jack-knifed on Locking Hill with resulting blocked road. Stay in doors today!— @DavidEDrew 18 January 2013
RT @Birchsprite: @BBCGlos Ask people to avoid parliament street in Stroud please! http://t.co/2aMmWO5c— @stroudnews 18 January 2013
@stroudnews Brookthorpe http://t.co/aA9rnyDJ— @Mag7KT 18 January 2013
@stroudnews Spillman's Pitch - the perfect sledging hill :) http://t.co/yOO8uEDP— @wendage 18 January 2013
Hazardous driving conditions on St George's Avenue in King's Stanley at the Brockley Road junction because of an accident.
Snow update – supermarkets open as normal
SAINSBURY’S, Tesco and Waitrose are all open for business as usual in Stroud today despite the snow, writes Jack Watts.
All three stores are fully stocked and managers have no plans to close early as yet, although Waitrose says stocks could possibly run low.
Sainsbury’s was low on stock yesterday but deliveries arrived as planned this morning. The store is now fully stocked and today is expected to be a quiet day for business.
It will close as normal at 10pm.
The car park is accessible although drivers should take extra care.
Tesco in Stratford Road, Stroud is open as usual and is fully stocked after an ‘exceptionally busy’ day yesterday. It will be open for 24 hours as normal.
Waitrose in Stroud is open as usual and there are no plans to close early. Deliveries have arrived as expected. The store is quiet today but was busy yesterday. The car park is open.
Hazardous conditions on A4173 at Brookthorpe/Edge/Stroud. Stay home and have a hot chocolate instead. #glosprepared— @Glos_Police 18 January 2013
Gloucestershire County Council has urged residents to check on older and vulnerable neighbours.
http://t.co/f33b4vAq lovely walk to the bank today.— @StroudBrewery 18 January 2013
@stroudnews @stroudlife Snow day!!! #StroudSnow http://t.co/nBULBM9F— @Petethefeet69 18 January 2013
RT @GlosCC: Remember to check on neighbours during snowy spell. Village Agents checking older & vulnerable & WRVS delivering meals http://t.co/ZXxzIe7C— @stroudnews 18 January 2013
The House of Commons debate on Stroud MP Neil Carmichael's Antarctic Bill has finished.
Prime Minister David Cameron is now giving a statement about the terrorist attack on a BP-owned gas facility in Algeria.
@hmortimersnj @stroudnews we can't see selsley from stonehouse today. http://t.co/fve5JKR5— @SmartGinny 18 January 2013
@stroudnews 4 inches of snow now in Chalford on the A419— @CllrYoung 18 January 2013
The WRVS kitchen in Stonehouse is open and cooking, and a near normal service is currently operating across the county.
Those people who cannot be reached are being contacted to ensure they are safe and have enough food.
Mr Carmichael: "It is fairly ironic that my own constituency of Stroud is covered in snow and here we are discussing the Antarctic."
Mr Carmichael: "I am immensley grateful to my honourable friends for putting some good useful amendments down so that this legislation can be properly scrutinised and tested."
Mr Carmichael has just told the House he visited the polar region last week alongside foreign office officials and staff from the British Antarctic Survey.
Stroud MP Neil Carmichael now talking about his Antarctic Bill in the House of Commons.
Watch live video coverage at: www.bbc.co.uk/democracylive/21006885
Due to snow Maidenhill Sports & Dance Centre in Stonehouse, Thomas Keble Sports Centre, at Thomas Keble School, Eastcombe, and Wotton Sports Centre, located at Katharine Lady Berkeley School, Wotton Under Edge, will be closed until Monday, January 21.
SDC's Ebley Mill offices wll close at noon today. We'll continue to provide updates on other services on twitter #glosprepared— @StroudDC 18 January 2013
Unclassified Road between Nailsworth and Minchinhampton (known as the W) closed #stroudsnow— @hmortimersnj 18 January 2013
Parliament Street in Stroud closed #stroudsnow— @hmortimersnj 18 January 2013
The Museum in the Park, in Stratford Park, Stroud, will shut at 1pm today but will hopefully open as normal on Saturday and Sunday.
In case this changes, it's a good idea to call the museum on 01453 763394 or visit the museum's website on www.museuminthepark.org.uk before making your journey.
List of sports centre closures and museum info for Stroud District (as at 10.30am Friday) http://t.co/VRKFez6X #glosprepared— @StroudDC 18 January 2013
The Museum in the Park will shut at 1pm today and will hopefully open as normal on Saturday and Sunday.
In case this changes, it's a good idea to call the museum on 01453 763394 or visit the museum's website before making your journey.
Sports centres have announced closures in the Stroud district.
Maidenhill Sports and Dance Centre, Thomas Keble Sports Centre and Wotton Sports Centre will be closed this evening and over the weekend.
Snowy scenes on the Cotswold Canals Trust's webcam at Wallbridge #stroudsnow
Gloucestershire County Council has just issued a press release saying that a scheduled closure of Stroud High Street for resurfacing work on Sunday, January 20 will now be postponed because of the severe weather.
It says: "The pedestrianised section of the street was due to be closed on Sunday, January 20 and Sunday, February 10 to cause as little disruption as possible while heavy machinery is moved on to the site.
"The closures are now scheduled to take place on Sunday, January 27 and Sunday, February 10."
For advice on driving in severe weather and information on what to do if you get stuck or break down go to www.drivingadvice.org.uk
Reports on Twitter of a police van in collision with a vehicle in Bisley Old Road, Stroud, just above Nouncell’s Cross.
A419 Ebley Bypass in Stonehouse closed in both directions at the B4008 Ebley Road junction because of snow and a jackknifed lorry.
Neil Carmichael's Antarctic Bill is currently being debated in the House of Commons. Watch live video coverage at http://t.co/KNUIImuw— @ChrisWarneSNJ 18 January 2013
Hazardous driving conditions on M5 both ways between J14, Thornbury, and J8 M50, because of snow.
Safe at Home Partnership Gloucestershire which provides assistance for elderly and vulnerable people has funding available to help with cold homes.
The funding is available for people over 60, those on means tested benefits and people with disabilities.
Anyone who is eligible for funding should contact Safe at Home Partnership manager, Paul Riddick, on 0800 0323 139 to organise a home visit today.
Mr Riddick said: “We are open today but close at 5pm and are closed over the weekend.
“Anyone who needs help in this severe weather should call the freephone number and we will make an appointment to come and visit you today – weather permitting.”
Anyone who is stuck at home today because of the snow can watch Stroud MP Neil Carmichael's Antarctic Bill being debated in the House of Commons now.
Just go to www.bbc.co.uk/democracylive/21006885 for live video coverage.
A SCHEDULED closure of Stroud High Street for resurfacing work will be postponed on Sunday, January 20, because of the severe weather.
The pedestrianised section of the street was due to be closed on this date and Sunday, February 10, to cause as little disruption as possible while heavy machinery is moved on to the site.
The closure is now scheduled to take place on Sunday, January 27, and Sunday, February 10.
Resurfacing will take place on the days in between as scheduled.
The closure will only affect the small number of vehicles permitted to use the pedestrian zone. Works will continue during the week using traffic management, with disruption kept to a minimum.
#Antarctic Bill Report Stage underway in the House of Commons. Good debate about principles and detail.— @neil_mp 18 January 2013
Toadsmoor Hill in Brimscombe closed #glosprepared— @Glos_Police 18 January 2013
Gloucestershire Deaf Association has tweeted that anyone who has difficulty with spoken conversation who is worried about getting about in the snow should contact Gloucestershire police via text.
For information on how to do this go to: http://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/contactus/SMS%20Texting/item15707.html
Due to the worsening situation across the region & in the interests of staff safety we have decided to close all #Gloucestershire sites— @renishawplc 18 January 2013
POLICE have just issued a press release listing the roads in Gloucestershire which have been closed due to heavy snow.
The current closures in place are:
A419 Cowcombe Hill
A419 Little Witcombe (Birdlip)
A435 Cirencester to Cheltenham
A435 Charlton Kings to Severn Springs
There are also hazardous conditions on some roads and drivers are advised to avoid these areas:
A4151 Littledean Cinderford
A436 Birdlip to Severn Springs
A417 Birdlip Hill
Police are urging drivers not to make unnecessary journeys.
Traffic information can also be found on the Highways Agency website here: www.highways.gov.uk/traffic-information/
SNJ journalist Hayley Mortimer has tweeted this morning to say that the A46 from Brockworth to Stroud is impassable.
The Ladder in Nailsworth closed in both directions at the Hollies Hill junction because of snow and collapsed wall.
POLICE are now advising motorists not to attempt driving up Rodborough Hill or Cowcombe Hill due to the hazardous conditions.
Waste and recycling collections in the Stroud District have been cancelled today (Friday) due to snow.
Householders are advised to leave out their waste and recycling.
If conditions improve the council will attempt to catch up on missed collections on Saturday and Monday.
If it hasn’t been collected by Monday residents are asked to take it back in and put it out for their next scheduled collection day.
More info at: http://www.stroud.gov.uk/docs/environment/waste.asp#s=sectioncontent4&p=missed
REPORTS of hazardous driving conditions on the A419 Cowcombe Hill in Chalford, at the Gipsy Lane junction because of a broken down vehicle and snow.
THE A46 Dudbridge Hill in Stroud is closed at the A419 junction because of snow and a jackknifed lorry.
Gloucestershire County Council, the district councils and the police will be using #glosprepared to keep everyone updated on twitter with the latest information regarding the severe weather.
Hartpury College, Gloucester, will be closed tomorrow, Friday January 18, due to the forecast of snow and the likely impact on college.
For more information go to www.glosclosedschools.com
A QUEDGELEY man who left his car to defrost while he was indoors getting ready had his satellite navigation system stolen from the unattended vehicle.
The incident happened in Kestrel Gardens, Quedgeley at about 10.10am on Wednesday, January 16, after the victim, a 27-year-old man, left the engine of his Volkswagen Golf running while it was on his driveway.
An unknown offender entered the vehicle through the unlocked driver’s door and grabbed a TomTom satellite navigation system worth around £150 and £6 in cash.
Quedgeley PC Lucy Kay said: “It happens a few times every year and our advice is simply not to take the risk.
“A couple of weeks ago when I was on patrol I saw a car with nobody nearby and the engine running and took the keys out myself.
“When the owner appeared seven minutes later I gave him the keys back and explained that he was lucky I was a police officer and not a thief. If the car had been stolen the offender could have been on the motorway by the time the owner realised.”
Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting incident 119 of January 16.
STROUD District Council has issued advice on waste and recycling disruptions which could occur if severe weather persists.
The council asks that residents leave their waste at the kerbside for a period of 48 hours after their scheduled collection day.
Crews will try to get to their property, but if they have not within the 48 hour period, residents are asked to take the waste back in and present it on their next scheduled collection day.
For example, if a resident's collection day is on Friday and crews are not able to visit, waste and recycling should be left on the kerb until Monday.
If at this stage crews have still not visited the property, the waste should be taken in and presented on the next scheduled collection day.
AN amber weather warning has been issued for the Five Valleys area.
The Shrubberies School, Stroud, will be closed tomorrow, Friday January 18, due to forecast snow and the likely impact on school transport.
For more information go to www.glosclosedschools.com
GLOUCESTERSHIRE County Council is prepared for the snow this weekend.
Highways teams are on standby across the county as snow is expected to hit Gloucestershire in the coming days.
Some parts of Gloucestershire are likely to face up to four inches of snowfall, which, added to forecasted winds, could bring blizzard conditions to higher ground.
Gritters have already been out on all A, B and some C roads, including Stroud High Street, as well as routes to emergency services, from fire stations to hospitals.
Secondary routes, including remaining bus routes, have also being tackled.
Meanwhile, the council will be monitoring conditions around the clock this weekend, ensuring people can travel as safely as possible across the county.
Drivers are asked however, to take extra care and think about their journeys before setting off.
Jenny Goodson, area highways manager, said: “It’s predicted that the county will see its first significant snowfall of the year this weekend and, as always, highways teams are fully prepared for the worst.
“Though we are only expecting a brief period of snow in the coming days, our teams will work hard day and night to make sure the effects of the bad weather are as short-lived as possible.”
Cllr Will Windsor-Clive, cabinet member for communities, said: “We are well aware of what is required of us as a council during periods of severe weather and residents can be assured that teams will be treating the county’s roads before, during and after the snow has fallen.
Tips on driving in icy conditions can be found at http://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/winter
St Peter’s Catholic High School, Gloucester, will be closed tomorrow, Friday January 18, due to forecast snow and the likely impact on school transport.
However, the school will be open to students scheduled to take public exams.
For more information go to www.glosclosedschools.com
Birdlip Primary School near Gloucester will be closed tomorrow, Friday January 18, due to forecast snow, high winds, and the impact this will have on access routes to the school’s location.
For more information go to www.glosclosedschools.com
SUPERMARKETS in the Stroud area have seen a rush of customers as a result of snow panic.
One shopper said on twitter: “Sainsbury’s in Stroud is rammed. Queuing in the car park like it’s Christmas Eve – snow panic.”
Neil Barber, manager of the Stroud Sainsbury’s in Dudbridge, said people have just gone crazy.
“We are looking like we are going to end up 50 per cent busier than a normal Thursday, although the money we take extra today we will probably lose tomorrow.”
Mr Barber wanted to stress that the Stroud Sainsbury’s will absolutely be open tomorrow, Friday.
“We have already got provisions in place for people who live locally to open the store tomorrow,” he said.
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