Safety probe launched after street lamps collapsed

Workman dealing with lampposts damaged by the strong winds on Saturday afternoon, Whitburn Bents Road near to Cornthwaite Park.
Workman dealing with lampposts damaged by the strong winds on Saturday afternoon, Whitburn Bents Road near to Cornthwaite Park.
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A SAFETY probe has been launched after stormy weekend weather caused street lamps to snap.

Four lighting columns gave way on the Coast Road at Whitburn as the result of high winds on Saturday.

No one was injured and the only damage caused was to the lights.

But Balfour Beatty, which maintains the lights on behalf of South Tyneside Council, is now carrying out an investigation.

A spokesman for South Tyneside Council said: “Northumbria Police closed the road between the New Crown Hotel and Latimer’s Fishmongers.

“Staff from Balfour Beatty, who are responsible for lighting columns in the borough, were promptly on site to deal with the situation, and also removed a number of additional columns as a precautionary measure.

“Balfour Beatty carried out an immediate risk assessment of every lighting column in the area with support from the council, and they remained on site throughout the night to ensure public safety.

“They’re now conducting a full review of lighting columns in the area, with support from the manufacturer, to ensure their safety.”

The bitterly cold wind continued into the start of the week, bringing with it wintry showers.

Today it is expected to continue to feel very cold, with further wintry showers and some limited sunny intervals.

Police are warning motorists to take care on the roads and watch out for icy patches.