High winds spark havoc across town

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IT wasn’t just Langtree Park that suffered in last week’s gale-force winds.

The fire service reported its busiest night of the week last Wednesday (January 4) as gusts of 50mph-plus caused havoc across the borough.

In one of the call-outs, firefighters were sent to a two-storey block of flats and offices on Rainhill Road, Rainhill.

A large section of felt roofing, about 10m by 15m in size, had become dislodged in the high winds.

Damage was also caused to the property’s ridge tiles.

Crews cordoned off the area, cleared debris and made the area safe.

They remained at the scene for just over two hours.

The weather also caused many of the week’s sporting fixtures to be postponed, including amateur rugby league side Pilkington Recs’ visit to Ashton Bears and Haydock’s visit to Widnes St Marie’s.

And an elderly woman was injured after she was knocked off her feet by strong winds in the town centre.

The woman, believed to be in her early 70s, was walking along Claughton Street at around 10am last Thursday (January 5) when a gust knocked her to the ground.

She suffered cuts to her face and hands.

Passers-by helped her into a nearby shop, where staff nursed her wounds before calling for an ambulance.