Police officers in miracle escape as fallen tree crushes van during Storm Arwen

A dramatic image taken in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, last night shows the front of a police van crushed by a fallen tree as officers responded to an incident

A dramatic picture shows a police van crushed by a tree as Storm Arwen battered Scotland
A dramatic picture shows a police van crushed by a tree as Storm Arwen battered Scotland

A dramatic picture shows a police van crushed by a tree as Storm Arwen battered Scotland last night.

The front of the vehicle was completely crushed as strong winds caused chaos in Aberdeenshire.

It was taken in Fintray, the Daily Record reports.

Thankfully no one was injured, according to locals.

It’s believed officers were responding to an incident nearby at the time and the blue flashing lights from the vehicle can still be seen on in the picture.

On returning to their van they discovered the damage.

Local Facebook page Fubar News posted on social media to alert locals.

They said: “So very lucky our North East Division officers were not in their van.

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“Thankfully everyone was out and no one injured.”

Yesterday 98mph winds were recorded in Northumberland, and there have been two confirmed fatalities linked to Storm Arwen.

A man died in Cumbria after a tree fell on him, police announced this morning.

The tragedy happened in Ambleside at around 11pm yesterday.

The man, from Lancashire, is the second known victim of the storm after a popular headteacher was killed in Northern Ireland when a tree fell on his car.

There have been two confirmed deaths linked to Storm Arwen

In a statement Cumbria Police said: “Police were called to the scene at 11pm yesterday (November 26).

“Emergency services including Fire, Search and Rescue, Ambulance and Police attended the scene.

“The man who was from Lancaster sadly died at the scene.

“Police and partner agencies are attending the scene as the tree remains dangerous and the public is asked to avoid the area until the tree has been made safe.”

Last night a much-loved primary school teacher died as Storm Arwen hit Northern Ireland.

Francis Lagan, a father of four, was head of St Mary’s Primary School in Maghera, Co Londonderry, in Northern Ireland, for several years and well known in the local community, it is reported.

Tributes have poured in for Mr Lagan, believed to be in his 40s.

He is understood to have been travelling with his wife and children when strong winds uprooted a tree that struck the vehicle.

A St Mary’s school statement for parents read: “It is with great pain and sadness this evening that I have to inform you of the untimely death of our much loved principal Mr Lagan.

“May his gentle soul rest in peace.”

Gusts of 98 mph hit Brizlee Wood in Northumberland, according to the Met Office, which said amber and yellow warnings remained in place today across much of the country.

“Many roads remain closed so please only travel if absolutely necessary,” it said on Twitter.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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