Thousands of calls to police during snowfall in South Yorkshire

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South Yorkshire Police were inundated with almost 4,000 calls on Boxing Day as heavy snow stranded hundreds of motorists.

Call handlers for the force took 3,841 calls on December 26, the majority of which were snow-related.

Police have thanked members of the public and other emergency services who helped them work through the night.

Chief Inspector Glen Suttenwood, head of roads policing, said: “Our main role was just to get people moving and we did that with help from partner agencies and members of the public – together we have strength in unity.”

A Darnall-based firefighter worked with officers until 4.30am on Saturday to help get traffic moving on Prince of Wales Road, which was gridlocked for several hours in the bad weather.

Two members of the public with 4x4 vehicles also came to the aid of about 40 other motorists on the stretch of Sheffield’s Ring Road, helping tow cars, as well as shovelling ice and snow out of the way.

Difficult driving conditions the next day resulted in more than 30 collisions on the M1. Officers also dealt with hundreds of other car crashes around the county.