Warnings issued as fire service removes 'killer icicles' from buildings across North Yorkshire

The snow and ice is starting to thaw out, and the roads are looking largely clearer - but as things start to go back to normal in the Harrogate district, fire crews are reminding residents to watch out for potentially dangerous icicles.

Sunday, 4th March 2018, 1:48 am
Updated Sunday, 4th March 2018, 7:00 am
An icicle hanging down from High Bridge in Knaresborough. Picture: Sgt Andy Graham.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service crews were called out to a number of locations across the county today to remove some of the worst reported icicles.

In Bedale, a triple extension ladder and water reach poles were used to knock down and remove a cluster of icicles hanging dangerously over a public footpath.

Tweets shared by the fire service earlier today, read: "More @NorthYorksFire crews attending various locations throughout the County removing killer icicles!"

And, "Be careful from above! #NYFRS crews across the county are being called out to numerous icicles hanging in a threatening manner from buildings!"

Harrogate district residents have been sharing their own dramatic photos of icicles taken where they live.

Sgt Andy Graham took a photo of an icicle hanging from Knaresborough's High Bridge today, but he said its position over the river Nidd at a time when boats aren't going out meant that the likelihood of it hitting someone was "very remote."

Picture: Wes Jessup
Picture: Wes Jessup