Police have hailed fantastic support from the public as they detailed where and when problems caused by Storm Deidre impacted on Cumbria.

Officers dealt with a string of collisions and road closures - including the A66 - with speed restrictions on the M6, as the weather took hold yesterday.

Just after 5pm, reports came in about a Fiat that had collided with the crash barrier on the M6 southbound between Shap and Penrith with Storm Deidre just getting started this would continue for the rest of the night.

Police reported high volumes of calls as storm Deirdre hit Cumbria. There was disruption across the county's roads, paths and fells, but no major incidents reported.

As the evening continued and the weather deteriorated, a driver called to report abandoning their vehicle on B6270 near Kirkby Stephen.

At around 7pm two calls came in for the A66 in the Temple Sowerby area reporting single vehicle incidents and again no injuries were reported. Further along the A66 eastbound at Stainton a Citroen collided with a fence and gate post which resulted in it leaving the carriageway and ending up on the other side of the road.

It was not only cars that were on the receiving end of the weather as a motorcyclist came off their bike near Ravenglass Railway Station and suffered only minor injuries.

Among the high volume of calls there were reports of trees and debris on the roads at Burton Road, Holme, Wigton and Alston.

Superintendent Justin Bibby said: “It was an incredibly busy afternoon and evening yesterday, with roads, paths and fells badly affected by Storm Deirdre. Yesterday saw our police officers, and our partner agency colleagues working tirelessly to keep Cumbria moving."

“I would like to thank the media agencies for their support in getting the ‘warn and inform’ message out so efficiently on Friday and Saturday. Getting the message out on so many channels kept the public well informed, the vast majority of whom took heed and used caution.

“The support from the public was fantastic and I would like to thank everyone for their co-operation and understanding throughout the disruption.

“It is testament to everyone’s hard work that there were no serious injuries reported across the county.”

“As the cold weather continues, remember to drive to the road conditions and make sure your car is prepped for winter.”