WEATHER UPDATE: Police warn motorists to stay off the roads as snow causes gridlock in Leicester
The police in Leicestershire have warned people to stay off the roads unless their journey is absolutely necessary.
They made the call as six inches of snow brought traffic to a standstill in the city and various locations in the county.
A spokesman in the force control room said: "It's gridlock out there.
"Our officers are answering emergency only calls because we do not want to put them at risk.
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"We would warn people to stay off the roads unless they really have to travel."
The force reminded people to only call 999 for real emergencies, and urged people not to call the police to report snowballs being thrown.