March 2, 2018 1:33 pm

Police let their guard down as snowstorm sweeps across Europe

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A massive winter storm has dropped snow across Europe, which has provided rare opportunities for residents to enjoy activities in the snow.

The temptation to take part in snowball fights and tobogganing has even caused police to let down their guards and enjoy the weather.

On Thursday, an on-duty bobby in North Yorkshire, England couldn’t resist taking a run down a snow covered hill on a sled with a group of kids.

Video of the incident generated many positive comments on social media.

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“Fantastic, policing as it ought to be,” Facebook user Graham Johnson commented. Another encouraged North Yorkshire Police to recognize the officer for his community outreach.

“Give this man a medal. Great piece of communication,” John H. Taylor wrote on Facebook.

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In Ireland, several members of the Cork police force became engulfed in a snow fight on Thursday, after receiving a call from an apartment about people throwing snowballs.

The “cheeky” perpetrators threw snowballs at the officers when they arrived, prompting the police to return fire.

Neighbours who filmed the incident laughingly watched on in disbelief, calling it “the best thing” they’d seen.

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Soldiers with the Grenadier Guards’ Number Two Company in Aldershot, England got some unusual combat training as well, as Storm Emma covered their camp in snow.

The Grenadier Guards shared video of the fun.

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But it hasn’t been all fun and games for emergency crews as the storm has caused dangerous situations for many.

Britain’s military was sent out Friday to central and western England to get hospital employees to work and help police rescue people from snowbound vehicles.

The army sent 20 troops and 10 four-wheel drive vehicles to Shropshire, the county south of Liverpool, and the Royal Marines sent resources to Devon and Cornwall on the southwest coast after police asked for help.

Elsewhere across Europe, several deaths have been reported due to the frigid temperatures, where the thermometre has dipped to -18 C in places.

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