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Two men believed to have been homeless died after parts of the UK were gripped by freezing temperatures over the weekend.

Police were called to Bloom Street in Manchester city centre’s gay village on Sunday morning over concerns about the welfare of a man found in a shop doorway.

Officers and paramedics attended but he was declared dead at the scene, Greater Manchester Police said in a statement.

In Nottingham, a man is believed to have frozen to death inside a car as he sheltered from subzero temperatures.

The man, who has not been identified, was reportedly found dead inside a black Renault in Beeston, Nottinghamshire, on Friday 1 December.

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It comes as large parts of the country are battling an “ice rink Monday” as the Met Office issued a yellow snow and ice warning across the UK.

RAC Breakdown spokesperson Simon Williams said northern parts of the country could be facing an “ice rink Monday as snow refreezes overnight”.

He added: “We’re expecting some very treacherous icy conditions in northern parts, so those who have to drive should exercise great caution”.

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In pictures: Snow covers Cumbria after heavy snowfall this weekend

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Maryam Zakir-Hussain4 December 2023 12:23

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Edinburgh Zoo pandas returning to China amid cold weather

The Edinburgh Zoo pandas, Yang Guang and Tian Tian, have been loaded into a cargo plane which will shortly take them back to China after 12 years in Scotland.

Amid cold weather at Edinburgh Airport on Monday morning, the two bears were loaded into a China Southern cargo plane.

They are being transported in metal crates and are accompanied by a vet and a keeper from the zoo.

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The pandas arrived at Edinburgh Zoo in December 2011 and the agreement with the China Wildlife Conservation Association has now come to an end.

It had been hoped female panda Tian Tian and male Yang Guang would breed while at the zoo, but they did not produce a cub.

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Maryam Zakir-Hussain4 December 2023 12:00

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Travel misery continues for millions as Met Office warns of more extreme weather

After a miserable weekend for travellers in large parts of the UK, the working week has begun with more disruption.

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Our travel correspondent Simon Calder reports:

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Met Office issues yellow weather warning for rain

A new yellow weather warning has been issued by the Met Office affecting north east England and Yorkshire & Humber.

The Met Office said: “Rain, with some snow over higher hills at first, will become persistent and at times heavy across northeast England during Monday and overnight into Tuesday. 20-40 mm of rain falling widely and 50-70 mm over some east facing hills.”

The warning is in place from noon today until 9am tomorrow.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain4 December 2023 11:16

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More than 20 flood warnings in force across England as UK faces heavy rain

More than 20 flood warnings are in force across south-west England as the UK faces heavy rain but a decreasing risk of snow, forecasters have said.

Travel disruption is expected as a Met Office yellow weather warning for rain is in place across parts of southern England, south-east Wales and into the Midlands which will last until 6pm on Monday.

The Environment Agency has issued 28 flood warnings, mainly in Dorset and Somerset, as heavy rain is causing river levels to rise.

National Highways said the A303 in Somerset was closed eastbound between the A37/A372 at Podimore and the A359 near Sparkford because of flooding, with no time estimated for when it would reopen.

A Met Office spokesperson said a rain warning was also being considered for north-east England for Monday night into Tuesday morning.

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Maryam Zakir-Hussain4 December 2023 10:50

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Second man dies following freezing temperatures in UK

A second man believed to be homeless has died after parts of the UK were gripped by freezing temperatures over the weekend.

Police were called to Bloom Street in Manchester city centre’s gay village on Sunday morning over concerns about the welfare of a man found in a shop doorway.

Officers and paramedics attended but he was declared dead at the scene, Greater Manchester Police said in a statement.

A spokesperson for the force said: “This investigation is in its very early stages and the cause of death is yet to be ascertained.

“Enquires are ongoing. Police are not treating the death of the man as suspicious nor is there believed to be any at third-party involvement. A report will be made for the coroner.”

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Maryam Zakir-Hussain4 December 2023 10:05

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Watch: ‘Unprecedented’ snowfall causes chaos in Cumbria

Thousands were left without power on Sunday and hundreds are still facing outages today after heavy snow showers in Cumbria this weekend.

‘Unprecedented’ snowfall causes chaos in Cumbria

Maryam Zakir-Hussain4 December 2023 09:50

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Pictures from this weekend’s snow

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Maryam Zakir-Hussain4 December 2023 09:36

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Plumpton abandoned due to waterlogging

Today’s meeting at Plumpton has been abandoned due to a waterlogged course.

The East Sussex venue had 37mm of rain over a period of 30 hours and, with further downpours forecast, there was no prospect for improvement.

This afternoon’s card at Ayr had already been called off yesterday, with parts of the track frozen, leaving only an all-weather evening meeting at Wolverhampton.

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Seven fixtures have now fallen to the weather over the past four days, including Saturday’s high-profile Fighting Fifth meeting at Newcastle.

Leicester and Southwell were cancelled due to snow on Sunday, while Carlisle did manage to race but were hit by 24 non-runners, largely because of travel problems.

Maryam Zakir-Hussain4 December 2023 09:13

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Heavy snowfall saw most brutal cold snap this winter over the weekend

Hundreds of households were left without power on Sunday after heavy snowfall wreaked havoc as a cold snap hit the country.

Overnight temperatures in the Scottish Highlands dropped to minus 12.5C according to the Met Office, which issued fresh yellow weather warnings for snow and ice on Sunday affecting large swathes of Scotland, the Midlands, Wales and the North East.

In Cumbria dozens of drivers were trapped in their cars on Saturday night after being stuck in the snow. The county’s fire and rescue service scrambled to rescue motorists as police urged people to avoid travel.

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In a post on social media on Sunday morning it said: “CFRS have been working through the night rescuing people from their cars trapped in deep snow. Please do not travel unless necessary as many roads are still affected with snow and ice.”

Maryam Zakir-Hussain4 December 2023 08:47

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