Snow and strong winds cause problems

Gable collapse The gable and chimney crashed down into the street

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Snow and high winds have been causing problems on Teesside and County Durham.

Although the region has escaped the worst of the UK's bad weather, some areas on higher ground have been cut off by heavy snowfall.

District nurses visiting a critically ill patient at a remote farmhouse had to be transported by the Teesdale and Weardale Search and Rescue Team.

In Stockton, wind was blamed for the gable end of a house collapsing into the street.

Cleveland Police said that the incident on Sunday, on the corner of Grove Street and Yarm Road, was likely to have been caused by the strong winds.

Steve Owers, from the Teesdale and Weardale rescue team said it had been a busy weekend for volunteers.

'Dig out'

They were called out twice to assist a motorists stranded in snow on the road from Brough in Cumbria to Middleton in Teesdale in County Durham.

Teesdale and Weardale Rescue Team The team has been transporting the nurses daily since Friday

He said: "It appears that because the A66 is closed a number of drivers are trying to find an alternative route along this road.

"However this road is a minor road and at a higher elevation so inevitably it is often impassable.

"The drivers are also ignoring road closed signs."

In addition, members have been taking district nurses daily to a farmhouse near Bowes, which was cut off due to the snow.

Mr Owers said: "The farm was about one mile off a minor road, and because of the strength of the wind numerous places along the track became blocked with snow, which we had to dig out to make progress."

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