The ArgusHospitals swamped as hundreds injured on icy Sussex streets (From The Argus)

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  • "I came down to Brighton by train on Saturday with no delays. I was very surprised to see that Bond Street was apparently not gritted. The pavement and road were both very slippery. Although this is a side road, it's still a very busy road for pedestrians. Church Street was very slippery too.

    I had a thought about this, it seems so obvious. Why not get all the people who are community service orders out there with a shovel and a stiff broom. They could sweep off the pavements and scoop up all the ice and slush into lorries (or even wheelbarrows), then go and deposit it on the beach. I would suggest the nudist beach, as that is unlikely to be too popular at this time of year. This would be a very useful service to the community.

    Before anyone jumps up and down and says the pathetic words "health and safety", just keep in mind that thousands of pedestrians were out and about. It's sad that there were accidents, but that is not a good enough reason to prevent people from clearing the streets (in my book)."
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Hospitals swamped as hundreds injured on icy Sussex streets

Hundreds of people have been injured after falling on icy pavements as the big freeze continues to bite.

Hospitals across Sussex were inundated with patients over the weekend who had broken limbs after falling on ungritted pavements.

In Worthing more than 120 people were taken to accident and emergency with injuries on Saturday and Sunday.

Most were treated and allowed home but several had to be admitted for operations on more serious injuries.

The Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton had one of the busiest Saturday afternoons it has ever experienced.

Police had to issue a warning to people not to walk in the roads after pedestrians decided to abandon the slippery pavements.

Traders accused Brighton and Hove City Council of not doing enough to keep roads and pavements clear on one of the busiest trading weekends of the year.

Dozens of people contacted The Argus to condemn the lack of gritting which has left many elderly people trapped in their homes.

A Brighton and Hove City Council spokesman said all the authority's refuse and recycling staff were being diverted to gritting roads and pavements today.

The move will have a knock-on effect on collections this week with many streets faced with no collections until after Christmas.

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