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Snow shuts schools and hits buses

Snow in Dundee
People wait for taxis after Travel Dundee buses were cancelled

Heavy snow forced every school in Dundee to close its doors and council offices and facilities also shut.

Travel Dundee bus services were suspended for more than two hours and Travel Wishart routes in Angus were also affected.

In total, 120 buses were ordered back to their depots.

Meanwhile, police in Arbroath have said they are becoming increasingly worried for the safety of children who are playing on frozen ponds.

In Perth and Kinross, 11 schools were closed and in Angus, Carmyllie and Liff primaries were shut.

Travel Dundee director Lawrence Davie said: "We had heavy snow this morning, it wasn't expected, six to nine inches in the north of the city.

"It just got to the point where everything ground to a halt.

"They're driving a bus in slippery conditions, it's dangerous for passengers, the roads aren't safe."

'Not too impressed'

However, people waiting in taxi queues were not impressed by the cancellations.

Alistair Campbell said: "It's terrible that they've the buses off in weather like this.

"The roads are clear, they should be running the buses."

One woman, who did not want to be named, added: "I've got to pick my grandson up because that's the schools closed.

"So I'm trying to get from here [the city centre] to Downfield. It's terrible."

Another woman in the queue said: "Obviously I'm not too impressed.

"We were standing waiting on them and there was nothing to say [that the buses were off].

"I actually had to go ask a bus driver, 'Are you keeping the buses on?' and he was like, 'Oh no' as if it was a normal thing to happen."

'Great danger'

Police in Angus were warning children to stay off the frozen Keptie Pond in Arbroath.

Insp Ron McNaughton said: ''We have received several calls from concerned members of the public who have seen young people playing on the pond.

"At this time of year and in current temperatures, the pond will freeze and anyone who steps out onto the ice is placing themselves in great danger of being injured should the ice crack and they fall in to the water below.

"There is no such thing as safe ice and, accordingly, I am asking for the support of parents to help ensure that a serious incident doesn't occur."

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