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Pictures: parts of Wales wake up to more snow

Parts of Mid Wales and the South Wales Valleys woke up to more snow and icy conditions today, after another night of wintry weather.

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Campers woke up to a snow scene in Llandovery Credit: Mike Howell
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Around an inch and a half of snow fell overnight in Trefechan near Merthyr Tydfil Credit: Hannah Thomas
Snow can be sign on the mountains from this house in Ynyshir Credit: @jays_golf


Pictures: Heavy snow causing travel problems in Scotland

Heavy snow has caused has caused travel disruption on many routes across parts of Scotland.

Glasgow Airport warned of delays, while 26 gritters are worked through the night to keep major routes open.

A&E units in Wales have 'busiest December in five years'

Accident and emergency units in Wales had their busiest December for five years, figures released today reveal.

A total of 76,889 people visited A&E during the month - around 2.5 per cent more than last year and the highest number since 2009.

The Welsh Ambulance Service has reported 'unprecedented' demand in recent weeks Credit: PA

The figures reveal that 81 per cent of those who attended were seen and either admitted or discharged in under four hours.

Much of the additional pressure has been attributed to a significant rise in the most critically-ill patients calling the Welsh Ambulance Service, which reported "unprecedented" demand during the final weeks of the year.

Read: NHS watchdog drafts plan to tackle A&E crisis

Welsh hospital 'forced' to chain toys to beds

A hospital has had to start chaining toys to the beds of sick children after a spate of thefts.

Parents have branded the thieves "disgusting", and said they were shocked to discover that toys for seriously ill children had to be securely attached to stop them being swiped.

Dean Beddis, 49, took a photograph of his two-year-old son Soren trying to play with a toy locked to his cot at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport, Wales.

Mr Beddis, a businessman whose son has bronchitis, told the Daily Mirror:

These toys are there for seriously ill kids, they're provided by the hospital and people are stealing them.

I was shocked to see a toy had a bike lock on it attaching it to the cot. I was talking to the nurses about how disgusting it was they had to do that."

– Dean Beddis

A source at the hospital said: "I wish this was a joke but it is actually true. It has been going on for at least four months. As far as I know quite a few toys have been stolen."

It is understood that staff have been told to lock all doors after leaving a room as an extra precaution against thieves.

Red Cross provide hot food to Scottish homes without power

Energy companies and volunteers from the British Red Cross are providing vulnerable customers who have been without power for four days hot food and drinks.

Scottish and Southern Energy has been working with volunteers from the Red Cross to reach vulnerable customers, providing them with hot food and drinks.

Anne Eadie, co-ordinating the Red Cross emergency response, said:

Every one of our volunteers in Northern Scotland was ready to do whatever was needed to help make things easier for as many people as possible. Our biggest priority was to make sure that people identified as vulnerable - because of age, infirmity or some degree of disability - were able to withstand this crisis safely.

In some areas, water supplies were also knocked out because there was no power for the pumps which deliver it to more remote areas. Scottish Water provided supplies of bottled water, which our volunteers helped deliver.

Our response will wind down as more households are reconnected to the grid but until supplies are back to normal, our teams will continue to provide whatever help is needed.

– Red Cross emergency response co-ordinator


Thousands still lack power supply after gales

A lorry lies on its side after being blown over in strong winds on the Clackmannanshire Bridge over the Firth of Forth, Scotland. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Thousands of people are starting a fourth day without electricity as further high winds, heavy rain and snow are set to bring continued disruption to Britain's transport and power networks.

More than 100,000 homes lost power at the height of the problems and engineers worked through "treacherous" conditions to try to reconnect customers in the north of Scotland.

Some homes around Inverness, Dingwall, Wick and the Western Isles have been without power since Friday. All schools in the Western Isles are closed today to pupils, the council has said.

12,700 homes remain without power in Scotland

More than 12,000 homes are still without power in north and west Scotland after strong winds and rain battered the area.

Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution said the electricity supply should be restored to the 12,700 customers by midnight.

Electricity has now been restored to just short of 100,000 customers since Friday, a spokesman said.

Thousands without power for third night after gales

Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Thousands of people are starting a third day without power after gale force winds, ice and snow brought a weekend of disruption to Britain's transport and power networks

In Scotland, where winds reached up to 113mph, some homes in the very north of the country have been without electricity since Friday.

Engineers have been working in "treacherous and worsening conditions" to reconnect properties, while charity workers from the Red Cross have been working to reach vulnerable people and provide food, accommodation and generators where possible.

Thousands of homes without power in Scotland

Thousands of Scottish homes are still without power after gale force winds cut off electricity to parts of the Highlands and Western Isles.

Winds reached up to 113mph yesterday in Scotland and at the height of the power outage more than 100,000 properties were said to have been cut off - around 16,000 homes are reportedly still suffering from the outage.

Alan Broadbent, director of engineering at Scottish Hydro praised staff who had been working in the field to fix the problem in "some of the worst weather conditions" he had ever encountered.

He said: "If it is safe to do so, they [the engineers] will continue to work through the night."

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