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SSE and UKPN pay out for handling of winter storms

Energy provider Scottish and Southern Energy and distributor UK Power Network have agreed to pay out a total £8 million over their handling of last year's winter storms.

An additional £3.3 million has been secured by regulator Ofgem after the £4.7 million already paid out to customers over "exceptional" storms last Christmas in the south of England.

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Restaurant destroyed by flying shingle reopens

A restaurant in Milford-On-Sea that was shattered during the awful weather earlier this year has now reopened after major refurbishment. The seafront restaurant was hit by flying shingle from the beach on Valentine's Day as couples enjoyed romantic dinners.

In acknowledgment of the fateful evening, the new restaurant has been renamed after the evening, as Valentines.

Rail repairs after landslip will cost £5m

The landslip at Botley in Hampshire Credit: Meridian

Work to fully repair the biggest ever landslip in Britain, caused by the recent storms, will cost a total of £5 million. The train line at Botley in Hampshire reopened at the weekend.

Eighty metres of embankment collapsed causing a month of disruption for commuters in Winchester, Basingstoke, Farnborough and Basingstoke.

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Verdict of death by misadventure for teen killed by tree

An inquest into the death of a Kent schoolgirl, who was killed when a tree fell onto the caravan she was sleeping in, has recorded a verdict of death by misadventure.

Bethany Freeman, who was 17-years-old, died when a 30ft tree fell on the mobile home last October in Hever.

Bethany was pronounced dead at the scene following efforts to try and revive her.

Coroner Roger Hatch expressed his sympathy to the family, saying Bethany's death happened during extremely high winds which adversely affected the tree which "unfortunately and tragically landed on the caravan."

Inquest into the death of teenager Bethany Freeman

An inquest into the death of a 17-year-old girl, who was killed when a tree fell onto the caravan she was sleeping in, is due to open today.

Bethany Freeman died when a 30ft tree fell on the mobile home last October in Edenbridge during the storms.

Neighbours tried to free her but she was sadly declared dead at the scene.

Bethany and her family had been living in the mobile home while renovation work was taking place at their home nearby, according to local people.

Bethany Freeman was killed when a 30ft tree fell on the caravan she was sleeping in Credit: ITV Meridian
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