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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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We want to help you but we know you don’t like us being involved

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We know you follow this account and want you to see this, We’ve told you previously that we think you are at risk of domestic abuse from your partner. We know you follow this account and we want you to see this.

Lochaber & Skye Police have penned an emotional letter addressed to ‘a young woman in Skye”.

The official Police Scotland account won the best tweeting police account at the UK-wide Police Tweet Awards in 2016 and could just take the 2017 title as next week.

They went on to say “We want to help you and are doing lots with other agencies to try and keep you safe.

“You might not see us, you might not even like us being involved but we are always thinking about how we can help you.”

“Your family and friends have told you they think you are in danger they support you and want you to be safe”.

“We think he’s probably told you, “it won’t happen again”, “I’m sorry”, “I’ll change”, he’s maybe even told you that it’s your fault – IT’S NOT.”

“The violence, threats, degrading comments and controlling behaviour are not the life you need to lead, it can be better.”

“You are not trapped and you are not alone, we can help you get out, your family and friends can help you get out and Scot Women’s Aid can help you get out.

Call us, come to the Police Station, phone someone, speak to local Women’s Aid worker on 01478613365 or 08000271234.”

“There is no excuse for domestic abuse, help is out there.”

Lochaber & Skye Police then went on to thank everyone for the positive response to the domestic abuse appeal.

They told everyone that the meaning behind it was to “reach-out to anyone who may be at risk”.

Hopefully, by sharing this another young lady, lady or even young man or man could be helped from harm.

 

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Tragically the Body Gaia Pope has been found she was aged 19

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Officers searching for missing teenager Gaia Pope have discovered the body of a woman near Swanage.

The discovery was made at around 3pm today, Saturday 18 November 2017, by specialist search teams near the coastal path and the field where items of her clothing were located on Thursday 16 November.

Detective Superintendent Paul Kessell, of Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “Although the body has yet to be formally identified, we are confident that we have found Gaia.

Her family have been informed and are being supported by specially-trained officers. Our thoughts remain with all of her family and friends at this very traumatic time. They have requested privacy and that we make no further media releases at this point.

“The coroner has been notified and further forensic examination will continue. This will guide the investigation in respect of the circumstances of the death which at this time remains unexplained.

“I would like to thank the community for their support and understanding while this large-scale investigation continues and their efforts in looking for Gaia.

“We have received a huge amount of support from the public who have contacted us with possible sightings of Gaia and items of found clothing. I can confirm that we have recovered all the clothing we believe Gaia was wearing when she disappeared and, with thanks, we no longer require the public to assist with searches.”

Extensive searches have been led by Dorset Police. We have been extensively supported by specialist officers and teams, Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue, the coastguard, national search advisors, the NPAS helicopter, Dorset Search & Rescue, Wessex 4×4 and the Search & Rescue Dogs Association. Coordinated local volunteers have also assisted in liaison with the police search operation. We would like to thank our partner agencies and volunteers for their support which has led to today’s developments.

Two men aged 19 and 49 and a 71-year-old woman, all from Swanage and known to Gaia, were arrested on suspicion of murder earlier this week and have been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email [email protected] or by calling 101, quoting incident number 18:128. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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Murder Arrests after disappearance of Gaia Pope aged 19

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Murder Detectives have arrested two people following the disappearance of Gaia Pope aged 19 Dorset Police have confirmed.

Cops have not found the body of Gaia however they believe she was murdered.

CCTV Images and transport hubs have been checked no evidence supports that she has left the area this is out of character leading police to believe she has come to harm.

Gaia who was last seen on November 7th she was staying at an address within Swanage when she disappeared on the afternoon of Tuesday 7th November.

Dorset Police launched a major search to find the missing teenager from the Langton Matravers area

This afternoon police carried out warrants at two addresses in Swanage. They arrested a 19-year-old man and a 71-year-old woman, both known to Gaia, on suspicion of murder.

Senior Investigating Officer Neil Devoto of Dorset Police told Police Hour “It has been almost a week since Gaia’s last confirmed sighting and she has not been seen or heard from since.

“We have looked through CCTV that covers the Swanage area, including transport hubs, and there is nothing to suggest she has left the area. Her disappearance is completely out of character and, following our extensive enquiries, we sadly now believe that she may have come to harm.

“We have not yet found Gaia and our searches will continue. I would appeal to anyone who has information about her disappearance to please contact Dorset Police.

“Our specially-trained officers have updated Gaia’s family and are supporting them at this very difficult time.”

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