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Fast-changing weather keeps highways teams on constant watch

Highways teams are ready to deploy gritters and snow ploughs will be fitted ‘when required’ to keep main roads open.



Over the last seven days of severe weather, a total of more than 1,000 tonnes of salt were spread on the roads in the county.  Highways teams are constantly keeping watch on fast-changing weather forecasts, ready to deploy gritters to keep West Sussex’s main routes open and passable with care.

West Sussex Highways can call upon a fleet of 22 gritters, with snow ploughs, through contractor Balfour Beatty Living Places.

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More than 150 community winter plans are also in place, with 50 volunteer farmers on standby.

Parish and town councils work with local farmers or contractors who can assist with snow clearance when needed.

County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, Bob Lanzer said:

“We are liaising constantly with the Met Office and have eight highway weather stations around the county, so we can combine all the information to produce a bespoke road condition forecast for the county.

“Precautionary salting operations will continue throughout the period of severe weather and snow ploughs will be fitted when required to ensure main roads are kept open.

“We advise residents and Town and Parish Councils to monitor the @WSHighways Twitter account for updates.”

For information on how West Sussex Highways decides when to grit roads, and gritting routes, click here.

The County Council’s winter campaign website page has several sections giving advice on ‘staying warm’. Please see:

If you know or look after someone who may be susceptible to the effects of this cold weather period, please help ensure they stay warm and well and check in advance that they are prepared for this cold spell.

General advice includes:

• Stay tuned in to weather forecasts.

• Check and maintain daytime room temperatures of 21°C.

• Check bedroom night time temperatures and maintain it at 18°C or warmer.

• Keep warm and active, and if you have to go out dress warmly and wear non-slip shoes.

• If you are concerned about your own health or welfare, or that of others, please alert the emergency services – please see:

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Police search for man after attack on woman in Crawley

Have you seen Michael Tewolde?



Police in Crawley are searching for Michael Tewolde who they want to interview about an attack on a woman known to him.

The 20-year-old woman was attacked at the address where she was living on Monday 26 March in Crawley. She was punched in the face and kicked in the back and stomach while on the floor.

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Police also want to talk to Tewolde about threats to kill the woman, and criminal damage – to an intercom system at the address – arising from the same incident.

Officers also want to talk to him about an incident in Hove on 3 February in which a pizza delivery driver was head-butted after a confrontation in the street, sustaining bruising.

Tewolde is described as black, 5’6″, and of medium build.

PC Michelle Hayes of the West Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit said:

“If you know where Michael Tewolde is, please contact us on 101 or online quoting serial 1571 of 26/03.

“If you see him, do not approach him but dial 999.

“You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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