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SPARE a thought for Wigan’s much maligned council highways gritting teams.

Come snow or ice, they soon become very nearly as popular as politicians at expense claiming time.

But there is a finite mountain of grit in store and only so many big yellow vehicles to spread it.

They can’t rely on men down the pub, fir cones or which side of the wall the sheep are lying, to determine that night’s weather.

Their rumble out of the depot can only be triggered by experts from the Met Office.

Any alert failure must be probed.