Snow-trek workers bed down in store
A group of dedicated workers walked for hours through snow storms to get to work - then slept in the shop when they could not get home, their proud boss has said.
Staff at LD Mountain Centre, Newcastle, took advantage of the high quality sleeping bags they stock to bed down for the night on Monday after staying late to process hundreds of internet orders.
John Sheddon, Dave Harvey and Matthew Reeves walked in from the neighbouring towns of Consett and Stanley, County Durham, which were even harder hit by the snow than Tyneside.
The outdoor specialist shop's co-owner Roddy Mackay, 43, of Gosforth, Newcastle, said: "Conditions were so bad that there were no buses so they all walked in.
"They were fully kitted up in all the gear we sell in the store. Then they decided to stay in the shop rather than go home, so they camped out here. It just shows the level of commitment from our staff. They were not prepared to bunk off at the earliest opportunity."
Mr Sheddon, 55, from Consett, said the 15-mile walk took him three-and-a-half hours: "There was heavy snow at times and obviously a lot under foot, but it was also quite pretty. I do a lot of outdoor stuff so it wasn't as big a deal for me as it is for some people."
Meanwhile, in south London a surgeon trying to get to work to carry out an emergency operation on Tuesday morning was helped by police after he became stuck in traffic caused by the snowy conditions.
Sergeant Mark Dolice was on routine patrol in Carshalton, south London, when the medic stopped him at 9.45am. The doctor said he was needed urgently at St Helier Hospital in Sutton to deal with a patient who was in a critical condition with internal bleeding, according to a police spokesman.
He had already spent two hours attempting to complete the journey from his home in Purley after being called in to perform the operation.
Using sirens and with lights flashing, the officer managed to get the doctor to the hospital in a marked 4x4 police vehicle in six-seven minutes, the spokesman added.