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With the storm force winds of this morning moving away from Tayside and work ongoing to open up all affected roads on the region’s network, Police Scotland is urging motorists to drive with the utmost care as temperatures drop below freezing as the day goes on and into the night.

Snow has already been blowing through Angus, Dundee and Perth and Kinross and the Tayside Resilience Partnership, which was convened early this morning to manage the multi agency response to any related issues, is warning drivers that road and weather conditions could continue to be challenging for anyone out on the road.

The Met Office has issued a Yellow Warning for ice for Tayside and other parts of Scotland as falling temperatures meet wet ground. There is also the potential for up to 10cm of snow on high ground, such as North Angus and North West Perthshire, and accumulations of about 5cm at lower levels.

Wherever possible, drivers are advised to stick to main routes and should reduce their speed. They must also adapt their driving to suit the conditions around them and be considerate to other people on the road.

Police Scotland will take appropriate action against anyone who is detected driving without due care and attention for other road users.

The Tay Road Bridge is now open to all vehicles, with the exception of double decker buses. It had been closed earlier today during which time a wind speed of 102 mph was recorded on the bridge.

A speed of 82 mph was also recorded at Strathallan.

As of 2pm, work was continuing to recover a stricken lorry that had overturned on the Friarton Bridge. It is now open to northbound cars and vans only with all other traffic currently being diverted through Perth.

The offside southbound lane opened to cars and vans at 2.15pm, as work continues to recover the lorry.

This had resulted in significant congestion in the area throughout the day. Tayside Resilience Partnership would like to assure people that the matter is being dealt with as promptly as possible and it is anticipate that the traffic should ease by 5pm. In the meantime, people should avoid the area if at all possible.

Police Scotland continues to advise people that if they are travelling to do so with the utmost care.

Work is ongoing to clear trees and other debris that fell or was blown on to roadways. There have also been reports of some structural damage to buildings due to the high winds. There have been no reports of any injuries.

A number of properties, predominantly in Perthshire but also in Angus, had their electricity supplies interrupted by the weather. Engineers are out in affected areas working to restore power.

For weather and traffic information, members of the public should refer to TV, radio and websites, as well the Met Office alert on its website http://www.metoffice.gov.uk

Currently closed in Tayside as of 2pm –

A93 Perth to Blairgowrie (Carsie and Meikleour) – fallen trees
M90 Friarton Bridge – high winds/lorry being recovered/Northbound lanes open for cars and vans
A94 Scone to Coupar Angus (Balbeggie and north of Scone) – fallen trees
B9099 Main Road, Stanley – fallen trees
A984 Meikleour to Bendochy – fallen trees
A822 Dundonnachie (Inver) – fallen trees
U108 Welton Road – fallen trees, one lane open
B954 Meigle to Newtyle – fallen trees
C457 Muthill – fallen trees
C411 Roman Road
A93 Scone Palace stables, by Perth
Ward Road, Muthill – fallen trees
U73 Newton of Balcanquhal – fallen trees
C408 Bankfoot to Moneydie – fallen trees
C407 Moneydie – fallen trees
Madderty School Road – fallen trees

Local authority websites carry further useful information in relation to various services and people should also log on to the Safer Scotland Ready For Winter? website on www.readyscotland.org for more valuable information.

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Girl aged 8 who was stabbed to death named as Mylee Billingham

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A little girl who was tragically stabbed to death has been named as 8-year-old Mylee Billingham.

Police responded to a domestic related incident near Walsall and sadly discovery Mylee seriously injured.

Despite frantic efforts by police, paramedics and doctors nothing could be done to save Mylee.

Cops immediately arrested a man aged 54 in connection with her murder.

Sadly Mylee was found with life threatening injuries at a property in Brownhills, near Walsall, on Saturday night, and died a short time later in hospital.

West Midlands Police said the man was also taken to hospital with a stab wound to the stomach.

The 54-year-old man who was arrested remains in a “critical” condition and will Be question “in due course” in relation to the murder of 8 year old Mylee.

Officers are not looking for anyone else in connection with Mylee’s death.

Our thoughts are with Mylee’s family and friends at this difficult time.

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Girl 8 stabbed to dead in Walsall, West Midlands

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Police have launched a murder investigation after an 8 year old girl was stabbed to death near Walsall.

A 54-year-old man has been arrested following the attack overnight in Brownhills.

Cops responded to a 999 call at 9.15pm to reports of a disturbance at the address on arrival they found a girl with serious injuries.

She was rushed to hospital but sadly nothing could be done to save her this girls injuries were too serious and she died a short time later.”

The 54-year-old man was also taken to hospital and treated for a stab wound to his stomach.

Detective Inspector Jim Colclough, from the homicide unit, said: “We are treating this as a domestic incident and are not looking for anyone else in connection with the child’s death.

“Our family liaison team are supporting the family of the little girl, who are naturally devastated by her death. Our thoughts remain with them.”

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Parents warned after hooded man follows and grabs second child in 24 hours

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Chilling CCTV footage has been released of what is believed to be an attempted abduction of a schoolgirl aged 11 just 24 hours after another school girl reported that she was approached and grabbed by a man as she walked to school in north Manchester.

Police are linking both incidents are warning parents to remain vigilant after a second child was grabbed walking to school.

CCTV footage shows a young girl being approached by a stranger in the street, police have now launched an investigation after the girl was followed and grabbed.

The girl managed to fight off the man and break free before she raised the alarm on Acre Top Road. She escaped unharmed.

The incident happened at 8.30am on Wednesday, January 10th as the girl walked to school. Police are also investigating another incident in which another schoolgirl was grabbed near Sainsbury’s on Middleton Road by the Heaton Park roundabout, was also reported the day before, the school said.

Crab Lane Primary School, in Higher Blackley, released a letter to parents warning that a stranger had attempted to grab a school girl on her way into school ‘The matter was reported to police immediately and the child was able to give a good description,’ the letter from headteacher Pat Adams said.

‘The police have informed us that a similar incident occurred near the Sainsbury’s, by the Heaton Park roundabout, the day before. ‘The police suspect that the two incidents are connected, given the short distance between them and the fact that both girls gave a similar description of the man in question.

‘As of yet, the police have not located this man. Therefore, please take extra precautions to remind your children of ‘stranger danger’ and the importance of being vigilant when on the streets without an adult.’

Police have said the suspect is described as a white man of slim build aged in his 30s he has blond hair and a blue jacket.

Thankfully both children managed to break free, Police are now warning parents to be on their guard and request that children walk in groups of two on their way to and from school.

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