Broad Street in Birmingham cordoned off as snow and ice falls from crane

Broad Street is one of Birmingham's busiest thoroughfares

Broad Street is one of Birmingham's busiest thoroughfares

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

One of Birmingham's busiest thoroughfares was closed this afternoon - after snow and ice began falling from a crane.

West Midlands Police confirmed the closure of Broad Street, a major bar and shopping hub, this afternoon. The debris is coming from a crane, according to ITV News.

The street, usually packed with shoppers, was brought to a standstill as buses were diverted and police said up roadblocks. However there are no reports of anyone being injured.

The closure of Broad Street comes as Britain braces for a night of freezing temperatures, with the mild Christmas Day weather giving way to a wintry chill.

Temperatures in Birmingham are set to plunge below freezing tonight and will barely rise above zero tomorrow, as the big freeze grips the Midlands.