South Yorks: Police receive almost 4,000 calls as Boxing Day snow leaves motorists stranded

South Yorks Police were inundated with almost 4,000 calls on Boxing Day as heavy snow stranded hundreds of motorists.

Call handlers for the force took 3,841 calls on December 26, the majority of which were snow-related.

In comparison, staff working on Christmas Day took 1,920 calls.

Officers worked through the night to get motorists moving, while police thanked members of the public and other emergency services who also helped out.

Head of roads policing Chief Inspector Glen Suttenwood, said: “When the heavy snow started falling and the calls started coming in it was very much all hands to the pump.”

“Most of the incidents coming in were quite minor but it was just the sheer volume.

“Officers across the force showed dedication and commitment during that time, staying on duty to help people in need.”

“Our main role was just to get people moving and we did that with help from partner agencies and members of the public – together we have strength in unity.

“I would urge people to ensure their vehicles are ready for wintry conditions and they have the necessary provisions,” he added.

A Sheffield-based firefighter worked with officers until 4.30am on Saturday morning to help get traffic moving on Prince of Wales Road, which was gridlocked for several hours in the bad weather.

Two members of the public with 4x4 vehicles also came to the aid of other motorists on Prince of Wales Road, helping to tow cars, as well as shovelling ice and snow out of the way.

Officers on the scene estimate the pair helped more than 40 motorists who were stuck.

Many stranded motorists were also given shelter at local police stations.

Difficult driving conditions the following day saw police officers deal with more than 30 collisions on the M1, as well as hundreds of other incidents around South Yorkshire.