Council officers say they regularly inspect trees after a number came crashing down in the storm which hit Bolton this week.

Trees came down in Deane, Astley Bridge and Sharples during Storm Pia.

One of the trees fell across the road on Thornham Drive in Astley Bridge, in the morning.

Council workers came out to remove it before local school children started arriving.

A Bolton Council spokesman said: “The tree in question is privately owned, and is the landowner's responsibility, not the council’s.

“However, in this case, the tree had come down over a highway and we acted quickly to remove the hazard, and the road was re-opened within two hours of us receiving the report.

“We regularly inspect and do maintenance on trees that are on council property, but there is always a risk of damage to trees when we experience high winds such as those associated with Storm Pia.”

A Thornham Drive resident said: "It was across the road, it was a big tree."

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He  added that trees in the Sharples Hall Drive/Thornham Drive area need to be looked at to make sure they are safe. 

Another tree crashed onto a car on Melbourne Road in Deane in the early hours of yesterday morning. 

The owner of the Vauxhall Astra awoke to a knock on the door, only to open it to find the a tree had landed on his vehicle.