Brighton's annual Burning the Clocks festival has been cancelled because of the 'treacherous' streets.

It is the first time the parade, which marks the shortest day of the year by burning hundreds of lanterns on the beach, has been called off.

A spokesman from Brighton and Hove City Council said: "We understand the frustrations of residents who have been faced with treacherous conditions during this particularly severe freeze.

"All of our gritting lorries and ploughs have been working round the clock during the weekend to clear the main roads.

"We also have 350 salt bins on pavements around the city.

"However, it is not possible to keep all 3,000 of the city's roads free from ice and snow in the hours immediately following a severe freeze."