Beast from the East: Police chief urges folk NOT to travel ‘unless absolutely necessary’

Beast from the East: Police chief urges folk NOT to travel ‘unless absolutely necessary’

Police Scotland’s chief transport officer has urged Scots not to travel as the country is battered by the ‘Beast from the East’.

Chief Superintendent Stewart Carle said folk should not take to the roads “unless absolutely necessary”.

He made the warning last night as much of the country was battered by heavy snow.

Dundee City Council defied the advice taking the decision to open all schools today.

Dundee & Angus College and the High School of Dundee have chosen to close their campuses.

Xplore Dundee and Stagecoach buses are in operation, although services could face disruption.

Supt Carle warned that if folk did need to travel, that they ensure they take warm clothing and food.

He said: “We would urge people who live or intend to visit the regions within the amber warning area to avoid travelling on the roads unless absolutely necessary.

“If you do choose to travel in the amber warning area, you are likely to face a high level of disruption on the roads networks with significant delays or even be stranded on the higher and more exposed routes.

“Even if your vehicle is suitable for severe weather, other travellers may become stuck and the road ahead of you blocked.

“Please ensure that you and any passengers are prepared for and self-resilient in the event that you become stranded.

“Make sure you have warm clothing, food and drink and a winter kit to hand.

“Please carry a fully charged mobile phone and where possible, the capability to charge your mobile phone.”