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Record-breaking cold snap could cause further travel woes

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Temperatures are set to plunge to -10C overnight as more harsh weather is expected across the UK today.

Rain showers are due this morning which will clear much of the snow away but motorists should be wary of icy patches.

Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said: "We will still have showers, which is likely to mean the snow will not settle.

"But it is going to be very cold indeed, as low as 4 or 5C in the south and 2C in the north."

Network Rail facing multi-million pound fine

The scenes at Finsbury Park station earlier today. Credit: PA

Network Rail is facing a multi-million pound fine after overrunning engineering works caused thousands of trains to be cancelled on one of the busiest days of the year.

An investigation has been launched after the "unacceptable problems" which caused King's Cross and Paddington stations to close.

While London's Finsbury Park, where many travellers were diverted, was forced to close due to overcrowding.

Network Rail's managing director Robin Gisby apologised for the mayhem saying he was £deeply sorry" for the disruption.

He added: "We've had an army of 11,000 engineers out over Christmas Day and Boxing Day at 2,000 locations nationwide.

"Over 90% have been completed and handed back to-time but I realise this is no consolation for the thousands affected today."

He said Network Rail would pay compensation to train operators, but would not say whether affected customers will be in line for pay-outs.

In July this year the firm was fined a record £53.1 million by the rail regulator for "shortfalls in performance".


Man charged over fatal Sheffield car shooting

The scene where Jordan Thomas was shot last weekend. Credit: PA

A man has been charged over the fatal shooting of a 22-year-old man in Sheffield.

Jordan Thomas died after being shot in a car in the city centre on Sunday night.

Asif Yousaf, 32, of Violet Bank Road, Sheffield has been charged with his murder.

Yousaf was also been charged with the attempted murder of a 27-year-old man who was seriously injured in the same attack but has since been released from hospital.

He will appear before magistrates in Sheffield on Monday.

A 25-year-old who was also arrested on Thursday has been released on bail pending further enquiries, South Yorkshire police said.


Reports: Thousands of drivers stranded in French Alps

At least 15,000 drivers have been left stranded in the French Alps because of heavy snowfall, AFP reports.

The snow hit as a rush of holidaymakers were heading to and leaving from ski resorts in the Savoie region in southeastern France, where authorities set up emergency shelters in at least 12 towns according to the news agency.

France's Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve urged drivers "to exercise the utmost caution" and asked people to delay their trips if possible.

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Idris Elba jokes about new James Bond rumours

Idris Elba has jokingly responded to rumours which emerged from the Sony hacking story putting him in the frame as the new James Bond.

The leaked Sony Pictures Entertainment emails sparked speculation as one message reportedly from chairman Amy Pascal read: "Idris should be the next Bond."

Elba has previously not commented on the story or the views of some commentators that Bond should not be played by a black actor.

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