Police urge drivers to stay off the roads as Storm Doris batters East Anglia

Storm Doris brings down branches in Hardwick Lane, Bury St Edmunds

Storm Doris brings down branches in Hardwick Lane, Bury St Edmunds - Credit: Andy Abbott

Suffolk police have received more than 130 weather related calls reporting fallen trees and downed power cables as Storm Doris blasts the country.

Chief Inspector Matthew Rose from Suffolk Police urged drivers to delay their journey until the storm had passed.

He said: “So far today we have had more than 100 storm and weather related calls so we have been very busy. “Most of the calls have been in the west of the county but that is spreading eastwards.

“There has been some structural damage in Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill that has been reported but the greatest volume of calls is of trees that have fallen down blocking roads.

“Thankfully there have been no reports of anyone injured.

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“The Orwell Bridge is currently closed which is causing congestion through Ipswich. “We are advising people against making non- essential journeys.”

A police spokesman said they had received more than 130 weather related calls since this morning.

A stretch of the A14 between Copdock and Seven Hills, including the Orwell Bridge, has been closed causing heavy traffic in Ipswich and on the westbound A14.

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Heavy congestion is building on Felixstowe Road, Colchester Road, London Road as drivers try to find alternative routes around the town.

Both lanes of the A14 near Trimley are currently closed after a sign was blown into the road.

Parts of Suffolk are also suffering power cuts as a result of the storm with the high winds affecting high voltage power lines.

Rail passengers travelling to Ipswich from London Liverpool Street are facing disruption due to problems with overhead wires.

The 2.02pm service due in Ipswich at 3.25pm, the 3.02 service due at 4.25pm, the 4.02pm service due at 5.27pm and the 4.32pm service due at 5.50pm will no longer stop at Manningtree or Ipswich.

Trees have been toppled in Essex and Suffolk causing delays and diversions on the nearby roads.

Essex police were called to a downed tree in Ipswich Road in Colchester at the junction of Valentines Drive.

Police have received reports of trees or downed power or phone lines blocking lanes on the A1071 at Hintlesham, the A137 at Wherstead, the A1088 at Honington, the B1106 at Elvedon and the A144 at Bramfield.

Power lines have also come down close to Great Barton Primary School.

St Edmundsbury Borough Council have closed Abbey Gardens, Nowton Park and both Bury and Haverhill cemeteries as a result of the high winds.

Chief Inspector Rose said: “At West Stow Country Park the trees there are threatening to fall on nearby roads sp we are working with closing roads in that area.

““We are getting reports all over the county of trees down and are working with local authorities to reopen these roads.

“When we get the warning from the MET Office we work closely with highways, local authorities and the MET Office and we make sure we have extra staff available not just on duty but to answer calls in anticipation of it being busy.”

Stay with us for the latest updates on Storm Doris and news of any road closures.

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