Paul Hawker, Station Manager at Buxton Fire Station, says people battled in vain to save the driver whose car plunged into the icy river.
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Six thieves who stole articulated lorries and their hauls, including £200,000 worth of chocolate, have been sentenced to more than 27 years.
There are indications that from midweek next week the weather across the NW might start to settle down. Plenty of blips though before then
Here's the weather forecast for the next few days across the NW, with Emma Jesson