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Chaos and tragedy as Storm Doris batters Britain

Storm Doris caused chaos across Britain on Thursday, with winds of more than 90mph, heavy rain and even snow reported across the country.

Roads and bridges were shut and powerlines came down, while travellers faced long delays on the railways as train services were cancelled.

And there was tragedy in Wolverhampton, where a woman was killed in the street by a piece of flying debris.


Workers begin repairing collapsed rooftop scaffolding

Workers have begun trying to repair scaffolding which collapsed at a central London office block.

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The scaffolding, put up amid work on a £15 million rooftop extension at Aldwych House in Holborn, became dislodged in the high winds of Storm Doris.

Emergency services were forced to shut off the Kingsway southbound and Aldwych eastbound for safety reasons, causing long delays for drivers.


Driving instructor in near miss as tree crashes in road

A driving instructor has laughed off a lucky near-miss after a huge tree crashed down in front of his car in high Storm Doris winds.

The falling branches smashed down onto the road as Paul Smith drove through Spalding in Lincolnshire, a scene he captured on his dashboard camera.

He posted the video on the Facebook page of his Paul Smith LDC Driving School, writing: "All in the day of being a driving instructor!

"Feeling very lucky that I managed to stop before I became a pancake due to this tree falling in Spalding this morning - thanks Doris!

"Need a strong coffee or something a little stiffer!!!"

Eleven hurt after storm winds topple double-decker bus

The X1 service in Cambridgeshire blew off the road and onto its side at around 1pm. Credit: Norfolk & Suffolk's Roads Policing

Storm Doris winds have toppled a double-decker bus onto its side in Cambridgeshire, injuring 11 people.

No-one was left in a serious or life-threatening condition after the toppling on Lynn Road in Wisbech just before 1.15pm.

East of England Ambulance Service said 15 people were assessed at the scene and the 11 with minor injuries were taken to two nearby hospitals.

The X1 service was travelling from West Walton to Walton Highway.

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