Body found in search for pensioner who went missing in Storm Angus

Police have found a body in the search for a 69-year-old man who went missing in severe flooding during Storm Angus.

Officers recovered a car believed to belong to Russell Sherwood in Neath, South Wales, on Tuesday.

Enquiries to identify the body will follow in due course.

Mr Sherwood’s family have been informed of the discovery and are being updated and supported by specially trained officers.

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Body found in search for missing man after Storm Angus

Russell Sherwood was last seen on Sunday Credit: South Wales Police

A body has been found in the hunt for a missing man who went missing during Storm Angus.

Russell Sherwood, 69, from Cilfrew in Neath, went missing while travelling to collect his wife from Ewenny, Bridgend, early on Sunday morning.

Due to the treacherous weather conditions and flooding along the route he would have travelled, it was believed his vehicle had entered the River Ogmore.

A silver Ford Focus thought to belong to Mr Sherwood was found in the River Ogmore on Tuesday.

A police cordon is currently in place Credit: ITV Wales

Police divers entered the river when the search for Mr Sherwood resumed at first light this morning.

A recovery operation is underway and South Wales Police say enquiries to identify the body will follow in due course.

Mr Sherwood’s family have been informed of the discovery and are being updated and supported by specially trained officers.


Homes and businesses destroyed in two days of heavy rain

Homeowners and businesses across the country have been counting the cost of flood damage, after two days of heavy rain.

It is causing travel chaos in many areas with roads blocked and train services cancelled.

The Environment Agency has 16 flood warnings and 102 flood alerts in place and warned of a continuing flood risk in Dorset and York as rain causes the rivers to gradually rise.

The Met Office said Storm Angus, which had brought gusts of around 50mph over higher ground and coastal areas in the South East, is becoming more settled.

Storm Angus: Police find car in search for missing man

Russell Sherwood went missing on Sunday Credit: South Wales Police

Police searching for a pensioner who disappeared three days ago during Storm Angus believe they have found his car.

Russell Sherwood, from Neath in south Wales, hasn't been seen since Sunday.

South Wales Police said a search for Mr Sherwood in the River Ogmore had been stood down for the night due to "treacherous conditions" but will resume on Wednesday morning.

His family are being kept "fully informed" of developments and are being supported by specially trained officers, the force added.

Earlier, police said they had recovered a car bumper believed to belong to Mr Sherwood.

Woman, 39, rescued at sea near Folkestone dies

Stormy weather at Sunny Sands beach in Folkestone. Credit: PA Wire

A 39-year-old woman who was rescued from the sea near Folkestone has died, Kent Police said.

Kent Police was called at 6.54am following a report of a woman in the sea.

Folkestone and Dungeness coastguard, Doverlifeboat and a helicopter were dispatched to an area off the harbour. The woman later died in hospital.

Police said they are not currently treating the death as suspicious, and a report is being prepared for the Coroner.


Police find car bumper of man missing after Storm Angus

The search for Russell Sherwood resumed on Tuesday. Credit: South Wales Police

Police have recovered a car bumper believed to belong to Russell Sherwood, a 69-year-old man who went missing during Storm Angus in South Wales on Sunday.

The bumper bears the registration of Mr Sherwood's vehicle, officials said.

Officers resumed the search on Tuesday and said they would focus their attention on the River Ogmore, specifically the area near the dipping bridge.

Superintendent Simon Davies of South Wales Police said: "This remains a difficult search in very testing conditions. The river is very swollen and fast flowing, and as such specialist officers with specialist equipment are conducting the search.

"The conditions at the search area remain treacherous and while we understand that people want to assist in helping to find Mr Sherwood, we would strongly advise the public to stay clear of the area."

Heavy rain severely disrupts cross-Pennine train services

Stormy weather has brought travel chaos to transport hubs across the UK. Credit: PA Wire

Heavy rain brought severe disruption to cross-Pennine train services, with the main Sheffield to Manchester line remaining closed on Tuesday due to flooding and fallen trees.

Passengers on one of the last services into Sheffield said staff reported several problems on the line, including landslips and standing water.

Meanwhile, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said it received over 70 calls about flooding on Monday evening.

Further north, North Yorkshire Fire Service said it rescued eight people from cars on Monday evening, as crews were called out to 22 flooding incidents.

Passengers spend night at sea due to 'extreme weather'

File photo of a ferry battling stormy weather off the UK coast. Credit: PA Wire

Overnight torrential downpours forced passengers onboard a ferry in the Irish Sea to spend the night in howling gales off the Welsh coast.

The Stena Europe ferry which left Ireland at 9am on Monday with 87 passengers and 59 crew, was unable to dock at Fishguard, Pembrokeshire, due to "extreme weather conditions".

After a second unsuccessful attempt to dock, the crew decided to stay at sea overnight. A third attempt to dock is scheduled for midday on Tuesday.

Wind and rain will continue to batter parts of Britain on Tuesday, threatening further travel disruption and chaos.

A total of 75 flood warnings commanding immediate action were issued to parts of the north west, north east, south west, midlands and East Anglia on Tuesday morning along with 217 flood alerts across the country.

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