14:53 Tuesday 31 December 2013

Danger tree in car park cordon

Written byROB SMYTH

POLICE and council officers were forced to cordon off part of a car park in Burton after large branches looked set to fall from a tree.

Staffordshire Police and Staffordshire County Council were called into action yesterday after strong winds left several branches dangerously hanging from a tree situated in a car park between the market square and Burton and South Derbyshire College.

At one point, police officers and PCSOs were in place ‘guarding’ the site and warning people to steer clear.

Eyewitness Ian Leech, of Branston, said: “All of a sudden there was lots of police there and they were telling people to steer clear.

“Branches from the tree had been damaged and dislodged due to the windy weather and many were hanging and looked ready to fall.”

Vivian Hankey, of Siddalls Street, Burton, was sitting just yards away from the scene watching the dangerous broken branches start to buckle.

He said: “What I saw was broken branches that were only just being stopped from falling completely from the tree and onto the cars below by the heel of bark.

“I contacted the council and then the police.

“I then called the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service who informed Staffordshire County Council’s highways department.

“Someone came to look at the problem and they cordoned off what they could of the car park, and stayed to warn all drivers who wanted to park that they could not as it was dangerous to do so.”

A force spokesman confirmed the area had been cordoned off and urged people to stay away from the area.

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