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Winter's toll in Highlands revealed in police report

10 May 10 01:03 GMT

The impact of severe winter conditions on the Highlands and Islands have been detailed in a new police report.

A fatal road accident on Lewis and three climbers' deaths in Lochaber are mentioned in the paper to the Northern Joint Police Board.

The A835 in Ross and Cromarty was shut by the weather for the first time in 30 years, Northern Constabulary said.

However, the force said the extreme conditions led to "relatively peaceful" weekends on the Western Isles.

The bad weather was a factor in a road accident that led to the death of an 82-year-old woman on Lewis in January, according to Chief Constable Ian Latimer's report to Tuesday's board meeting in Lerwick, on Shetland.

Difficult driving conditions were reported across the force area.

UK's coldest

The winter was one of the coldest in 100 years.

The Highlands and Islands was among regions hardest hit by severe weather, with travel by road, rail, air and sea disrupted.

Dozens of schools were forced to close because of snow and ice.

Altnaharra near Lairg in Sutherland recorded the UK's coldest temperature of the winter at -22.3C.

Scotland as a whole suffered some of the coldest winter months in almost 100 years, the Met Office confirmed in February.

By combining the temperatures of January and December it showed they were the coldest since 1914 - the year data started being logged.

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