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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.

1,250 homes currently without power in Cumbria

Around 1,250 homes in Cumbria are without electricity this morning after severe weather battered the region.

A spokeswoman for Electricity North West said: "Engineers will be out at first light to try and restore power to affected homes."

Up to 3,500 were cut off at the height of the power outages last night following strong winds and heavy rain.


Flood warnings update for England and Wales

The number of flood warnings has dropped from 26 to 24, while there three more flood alerts in place.

There are 24 flood warnings in place across the UK Credit: Environment Agency

The Southwest, Wales and the Midlands are the worst-hit areas, with 22 parts of the Southwest advised to expect flooding.

The flood warnings by region. Credit: Environment Agency

The Environment Agency provides flood warning updates every 15 minutes.

River and coastal flooding map for Scotland

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has released a flood map.

A flood area map of Scotland. Credit: SEPA

Areas shaded in red indicate a Flood Warning or Severe Flood Warning is in force for this area

Amber areas indicate that a Flood Alert is in force for this area.

Missing sailor 'wasn't wearing life jacket'

A sailor who is missing after falling overboard from a small cargo ship moored on the River Trent in the North Lincolnshire area was not believed to be wearing a life jacket.

We understand that the crewman was not wearing a life jacket and, in these conditions particularly, I would say this should have been an essential bare minimum of safety equipment.

We have now stood the search down for the night, and will continue searching during tomorrow.

– Humber Coastguard watch manager Mike Puplett

Search as sailor falls overboard in 'very poor' weather

Coastguards and an RAF helicopter have been involved in an unsuccessful search for a missing sailor in weather conditions described as "very poor".

An RAF helicopter was deplyoed to search for a missing sailor amid 'very poor' conditions tonight Credit: PA

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said a 45-year-old man, believed to be a foreign national, fell overboard from a small cargo ship moored on the River Trent in the North Lincolnshire area.

A spokeswoman said the man was working with ropes on the MV Sea Melody when he appeared to become entangled and was pulled over the side where he disappeared.

A helicopter from RAF Leconfield in East Yorkshire began a search with an infra-red camera and a coastguard team from Hull was also mobilised.

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