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Major rescue operation has been launched as hundreds of vehicles stranded in Storm Emma

Emergency services are working to free hundreds of motorists stranded on the motorways across the U.K. many people have been stuck since dinner time.

Devon and Cornwall police are attempting to rescue hundreds of motorists stranded as Storm Emma takes hold.

Chief Supt Glen Mayhew with Devon and Cornwall Police tweeted: “Chaired another gold meeting and co-ordinating the work of the multi agency silver rooms.

“Over 300 vehicles stranded in the snow and lots more coming in.”

Adding police are: “Still dealing with hundreds of stranded motorists on A30 and A380 with Highways Southwest we are trying to reopen vehicles, people in these areas need to stay with their vehicle at the moment.

“It is uncomfortable but safer than walking in these conditions.”

Northumbria Police have also confirmed they are trying to rescue a number of stranded motorists on the A1 near Alnwick.

A1 – Is closed to all traffic between Alnwick and Berwick – we are aware of a number of motorists that may be stuck in this area and are working to get to them as soon as possible.

Partner agencies and volunteers are working to reach stranded motorists. An emergency reception centre is open at the Willowburn centre for anyone that need assistance in Alnwick.

In Cumbria the M6 has been reduced to 39 MPH two lanes are closed at Junction 36 to 45 north and Southbound have been closed.

The closures and restrictions will remain in place overnight at a minimum, but may continue into tomorrow.

The drifting snow has made roads conditions hazardous, with multiple collisions being attended by Police and partner agencies throughout the day. The public is advised to only drive if absolutely essential.

All Agencies are working together to keep the roads clear with significant resources out overnight.

Work is also ongoing on the M62 J20-J22 east bound and J24-J21 westbound, The A66, A628 and the A69 are all currently closed with many vehicles stranded.

Motorists are being advised not to attempt to drive any of these routes.

Please contact Police on 101 if you are in a vehicle and in need of assistance. Always dial 999 in an emergency.

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