Storms knock over Victoria Square tree

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Gale force winds caused a string of problems across St Helens last Thursday (December 5) - as well as felling the giant Victoria Square Christmas tree.

Strong gusts also caused a tree to fall across three lanes of traffic on Prescot Road at about midday.

Firefighters were also called out after roof tiles fell from an Ormskirk Street roof, a window and window frame blew out of a terraced house and a garage roof was ripped up.

Firefighters were first called to Ormskirk Street in St Helens town centre at about 11.30am and used an aerial appliance, with an extended ladder, to access a roof and remove loose tiles.

Crews from Eccleston and St Helens remained there for about an hour.

A short time later crews from Prescot were called upon to cut away branches of a tree which fell across Prescot Road.

Police were forced to close the road while the work was carried out and firefighters were at the scene for about half an hour.

Then, at about 12.40pm, a window and window frame was blown out of a property on Prescot Road which had been converted into flats.

Loose bricks were also falling from the building so a cordon was set up around the site.

Firefighters restricted access to the site and the incident was handed over to building control experts.

Crews were then called to St Georges Road, West Park, at 12.50pm to deal with a garage roof which was in dangerous condition.

A section of the roof had been pulled loose due to the high winds.