Quick-thinking neighbours used wheelie bins to stop cars turning down their treacherous road after it was covered by ice and snow.

After seeing eight cars crash in Shaftesbury Road, Epping, shortly after 3pm on Friday, Michael Webber and Jessica Hammond positioned the three bins across the road to warn drivers.

Their neighbour, Caroline Gordon, said: “They turned away at least six cars, preventing them from going down the hill where the road was blocked by cars and people, preventing what could have been a multi-car pile-up and people getting hurt.

“Four out of the eight cars that crashed in the space of 30 minutes mounted the pavements. School children and their parents were walking home and their safety was a big concern.

“Once the road was cleared and cars were able to drive back up, they removed the bins to allow moving cars to come through.

“I was very impressed with their initiative and the actions they took.”