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PEOPLE are being encouraged to look out for friends, family and neighbours throughout the cold snap.

The message comes from Hampshire County Council, which is trying to make sure that vulnerable people, such as the elderly, babies and young children and those with medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, depression, heart disease and arthritis, are looked after.

Councillor Liz Fairhurst, who is in charge of adult social care and public health, said: ‘Cold weather not only makes life uncomfortable but for some can lead to serious health problems.

‘It’s important people keep warm in winter, but we recognise some will be struggling to pay their heating bills.

‘People can get immediate practical help and advice by calling the Hitting the Cold Spots freephone line. I would ask people check on older and vulnerable neighbours or relatives to make sure they are safe, warm and well.’

Hitting the Cold Spots, which is for people living in the county council area, is 0800 804 8601.