Winds wreak havoc across Ripon area

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WIDE-spread disruption was caused to roads in the Ripon area and beyond when gales of up to 80mph battered Britain on Monday.

North Yorkshire Police said they had been made aware of 36 weather-related incidents across North Yorkshire – the majority involving fallen trees.

In Ripon, a large tree fell down blocking Knaresborough Road, near to Gallows Hill Park, at around 2.20pm.The owner of the tree used a chainsaw to cut it up before removing it from the road.

Later that afternoon, at around 3.30pm, a tree also came down in Boroughbridge and blocked the A6055 road but two members of the public were able to remove the tree.

And in Alne, near Easingwold, a farmer had to use his tractor to clear another fallen tree which had blocked a road in the village.

On the A1 between Dishforth and Baldersby, strong winds whipped up dust and debris from surrounding field – reducing visibility for drivers to between 10 and 15ft.

There was further disruption in Knaresborough when a tree fell and paritally blocked Wetherby Road in the town, at about 3pm.

The road was only cleared after a tree surgeon was called to remove the trunk.

In Thirsk, police and staff from the town’s racecourse had to remove a tree from Station Road when it came down at around 1.20pm.

And in nearby Knayton, a large tree blocked Moor Road – between Hillside Caravan Park and Kennel Farm – after it was blown down, with officers from the Highways Agency called to deal with the incident.

There were also two cases of fallen trees blocking roads in the Northallerton area.

The first tree fell down on the road between Great Smeaton and Hornby at around 1.50pm.

The second tree fell at Appleton Wiske, at around 3.30pm.

Both incidents were dealt with by officers from the Highways Agency.