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Councils will 'complete road repairs by summer'

Yellow lines and a crumbling road surface near Gloucester city centre. Credit: PA Wire

The government has responded to local council demands for emergency cash to deal with a "daunting trail of destruction" on England's roads after England's record wettest winter by promising an extra £140 million to deal with the problem.

Most councils are expected to receive the extra money by the end of this week in a bid to ensure works are completed before the summer holidays.

In return they will be required to publish on websites by the end of August details of how it was used.


Extra cash to mend damaged roads

Cars pass a heavily potholed road in Gloucestershire. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive

Councils are to get an additional £140 million to fix roads damaged by England's record wettest winter, the Government announced.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said a fund specifically targeting the worst-hit areas would be raised by £36.5 million to £80 million.

Family 'shocked & saddened' by pensioner's storm death

The family of a man who died in Wiltshire during yesterday's storm said they are "shocked and deeply saddened" by his death.

Roger Hayward from Calne, Wiltshire. Credit: SWNS

The 71 year old from Bremhill near Calne was electrocuted while trying to remove a fallen tree from power lines.

In a statement released by the police, Mr Hayward's family said: "We are all shocked and deeply saddened with the passing of our dearest dad, husband, granddad and friend to many, Roger Hayward.

"To those that knew him, Roger was a larger-than-life character, a friend and helping hand to many and any that needed help."

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Police name man killed by power cables in Wiltshire

A man who died after trying to move a tree caught in power lines has been named.

Roger Winston Hayward, who was 71-years-old and from Wiltshire, is believed to have been electrocuted.

Mr Hayward is believed to have tried to move a fallen tree, brought down by the high winds yesterday afternoon, which had also brought down power cables.

Police and ambulance services attended the scene and sadly pronounced the man dead at the scene.

Local Inspector Nick Mawson said, "I would like to remind the public to be extremely careful with any fallen trees, particularly if power lines are involved.

"Please call 999 so that we can come and secure the area."

Police: Electrocuted man was trying to clear fallen tree

We can confirm that just after 3.10pm we were called to reports of a tree having brought down power cables in Bremhill in Calne.

At around 3.20pm whilst officers were en route we were contacted again with reports of a man being injured at the scene.

Ambulance also attended but sadly the man, who was local to the area, was pronounced dead at the scene.

His next of kin have been informed and early indication is that the man was attempting to clear the tree and has been electrocuted. He was in his 70s.

– Wiltshire Police spokesman


Gale force winds and heavy rain set to batter parts of UK

The Met Office has warned another wave of gale force winds and torrential rain is on it way for parts of Britain, as a deep area of low pressure will spread eastwards across the UK.

A woman walks along a temporary floating pontoon in south west England Credit: REUTERS/Toby Melville

South west England and south Wales are the areas likely to be most affected, with the Met Office predicting up to 40 millimetres of rain on some high ground in the regions.

Strong gale force winds will accompany the rain, with the forecaster warning flood-hit and rain saturated areas to be on alert.

The Met Office has also issued severe weather warnings to parts of Northern Ireland, the south coast of Wales, south west England and the south of England for Friday.

"Everywhere will get heavy rain on Friday, pretty much the whole of the UK will get some form of rain shower.We are talking about strong winds as well and there will be reduced visibility on roads when driving," said a spokesperson for the Met Office.

Search resumes for sailor missing in River Trent

The search for a man who went missing from a ship on the River Trent in North Lincolnshire has resumed this morning.

It is thought the man may have been swept overboard into the river and into the river and searches are taking place in the Grove Wharf area.

Attempts to find the man were abandoned last night as conditions deteriorated.

Read: Search as sailor falls overboard in 'very poor' weather

Cornwall to Scotland battered by storms

Storms have ravaged the west coast of the UK, with treacherous conditions reported as far away as Penzance in Cornwall to Dumbarton in Scotland.

The Cornwall coastline as the waves begin to batter Penzance. Credit: Daybreak/ITV

Waves surged onto coast roads in Cornwall, scaling the wall and crashing down on the opposite side, endangering motorists.

Before reaching the other side of the road. Credit: Daybreak/ITV

The bad weather did not stop there. Parts of Dunbarton have been flooded, with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency warning properties are at risk.

Residential areas of Dunbarton have been flooded by the severe weather. Credit: Daybreak/ITV

Multiple flood warnings are in place in Scotland, Wales and south-west England and an amber severe gale warning has been issued by the Met Office.

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