Firefighters’ busy morning in storm

MORE than 40 999 calls were received by West Sussex Fire & Rescue’s Command & Control Centre in four hours this morning (Tuesday) as high winds and heavy rain battered the county.

Coastal areas were particularly affected.

Crews have been called to assist with a wide variety of potentially dangerous situations, including fallen trees, loose roofing, precariously hanging signs and canopies and unstable chimney stacks.

Two of the more serious calls came in Sidlesham with the gable end of a semi-detached house badly damaged by a fallen electricity pylon and, in a separate incident, part of a roof blown off a converted chapel in Mill Lane.

There were no reported injuries.