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Farm-workers come to the rescue of drivers stuck in the snow at Taverham

PUBLISHED: 12:39 01 March 2018 | UPDATED: 15:28 01 March 2018

Ben Chilvers and his co-workers used a tractor to rescue five lorries and about 25 cars at Taverham.
Photo: Ben Chilvers

Ben Chilvers and his co-workers used a tractor to rescue five lorries and about 25 cars at Taverham. Photo: Ben Chilvers

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A team of Taverham-based farm-workers are among those who have come to the rescue of drivers stuck in the snow.

Ben Chilvers rescued cars and tractors today on the NDR (Image: Ben Chilvers)Ben Chilvers rescued cars and tractors today on the NDR (Image: Ben Chilvers)

The team from Paul Gunther Livestock, based in Fir Covert Road, used a tractor to rescue about 30 vehicles - including five lorries - on the nearby NDR roundabout this morning.

Ben Chilvers said: “We started at about 7.30am and were there for about an hour-and-a-half. We got five lorries moving and 25 cars in that time before we had to get back to work.

“The five lorries were all stuck on the same roundabout. We got them moving and then started moving the cars.”

Mr Chilvers reiterated the advice from Norfolk Police for drivers to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary.

Emma Long, Henry Balls, Nick Davis, George Saunders and Ben Chilvers with the tractor they used to rescue those stuck on the NDR (Image: Ben Chilvers)Emma Long, Henry Balls, Nick Davis, George Saunders and Ben Chilvers with the tractor they used to rescue those stuck on the NDR (Image: Ben Chilvers)

“You are not exempt from getting stuck. Unless it is an absolute emergency stay at home,” he said.

Mr Chilvers’ fellow co-workers who helped rescue the vehicles were Emma Long, Mick Davis and George Saunders.

Norfolk County Council has said all 49 of its gritters were out last night and continue to be out today, with a workforce of more than 100 people working 12 hour shifts to try and keep the roads clear.

The council has said its focus is on working to keep the A and B roads open, and has said all the authority’s gritters are out, with ploughs fitted, and that the team was also being supported by 60 local farmers and a number of wheeled excavators.

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