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People in Scotland have been urged to 'walk like a penguin' in order to avoid falling over on pavements in the snow and ice.

As Britain continues to brace through the current cold snap, and with yet more freezing temperatures expected today, NHS trusts have issued the odd edict, which instructs people to keep their weight over their standing leg as they walk.

One trust to share the advice, NHS Lothian, says that by walking like a penguin people can street clear of hospitals due to injuries from 'avoidable accidents in the ice and snow'.

But while some took to social media to praise the advice, others mocked the edict - which was similarly ridiculed when shared by NHS trusts in England during 2018's Beast from East.

One Twitter user, Dean Kelly, said: 'How did we survive hundreds of thousands of years with such sage advice from NHS numpties? Someone tell the Eskimos!'

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However other praised it, including one user who said: 'Thank you!! Must remember next time so as to remain upright!'

As Britain continues to brace through the recent cold snap, and with yet more freezing temperatures expected today, NHS trusts in Scotland have issued the odd edict, which instructs people to keep their weight over their standing leg as they walk

As Britain continues to brace through the recent cold snap, and with yet more freezing temperatures expected today, NHS trusts in Scotland have issued the odd edict, which instructs people to keep their weight over their standing leg as they walk

Members of the public walk in a misty Balloch Country Park on in Balloch, Scotland, yesterday after snow and freezing temperatures struck

Members of the public walk in a misty Balloch Country Park on in Balloch, Scotland, yesterday after snow and freezing temperatures struck

One trust to share the advice, NHS Lothian, says that by walking like a penguin people in Scotland can help keep patients out of hospital through 'avoidable accidents in the ice and snow'

One trust to share the advice, NHS Lothian, says that by walking like a penguin people in Scotland can help keep patients out of hospital through 'avoidable accidents in the ice and snow'

It comes as police forces across the country were yesterday slammed for threatening snowball fighters with £200 fines as an Arctic ice blast brought six inches of the white stuff to the UK on Sunday.

Forces in Wiltshire, London and Surrey sent out warnings urging families not to break lockdown when frolicking in the snow, saying 'Covid regulations still apply' and social distancing must be maintained.

Anyone caught breaking lockdown rules - including exercising outdoors with more than one member of another household - could be hit with a £200 fine.

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Outraged Britons took to Twitter to slam police for discouraging people from playing outdoors - with some saying forces' resources could be put to better use elsewhere.

Police warnings will be especially disheartening for Britons keen to venture out into a snow-covered wonderland for a second day running as a further three inches of snow is set to fall overnight.

The Met Office said the mercury could dip between minus 4C (24.8F) and minus 6C (21.2F) going into Monday - with parts of the Midlands told to brace for minus 10C (14F).

An amber weather warning for snow is in place covering an area from Nottingham to Stoke-on-Trent, meaning travel disruption and power cuts are likely.

In a bid to deter any potential lockdown rule breakers, Surrey Police tweeted: 'We are currently receiving lots of calls and reports relating to snowballs being thrown and people outside sledging.

'Enjoy the snow today but please don't involve

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