Storm Arwen: Gale-force winds cause disruption around Wigan with trees uprooted across the borough

Storm Arwen uprooted a tree at St Wilfrid's in StandishStorm Arwen uprooted a tree at St Wilfrid's in Standish
Storm Arwen uprooted a tree at St Wilfrid's in Standish
Storm Arwen has caused disruption around Wigan in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The high winds have resulted in numerous trees being uprooted throughout the borough, as well as other damage, but thankfully no one has been reported to have been hurt.

One notable incident is at St Wilfrid's Church in Standish, with people being asked not to enter the churchyard.

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A huge tree has been blown over during the storm, causing destruction to part of one of the footpaths.

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The church have described it as a “health and safety risk” to anyone entering the churchyard from Lynchgate on Rectory Lane.

On Facebook, Rector Andrew wrote: “We are leaving it until Monday as the tree is safe at the moment but we want to minimise the risk to everyone. Could we respectfully ask people not to come into the churchyard at this present time. Thank you.”

Similar incidents have happened on the footpath near Prospect Lodge and at Ashton Golf Club, as well as other areas of the town.

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Traffic has also been impacted, with Slag Lane, in Lowton, travelling into Leigh has been blocked by a fallen tree.

Meanwhile, repair work is needed on the roof of Hindley High School, with debris blown onto the playing field.

The council are aware of the situation and will act on Monday when it is safe to do so.

The Met Office have stated the strongest winds have now passed and the storm is easing, but warnings remain in place.

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