“Severe cold weather” is predicted this weekend, with temperatures expected to drop below freezing, prompting health officials to warn that the chilly conditions can be deadly.
Public Health England (PHE) have issued level two alerts for all regions – apart from the south of England – and have urged people to look out for their family, friends and neighbours.
“A lot of places will see temperatures hovering around freezing or just below but if we have got clear skies we may get to minus four or below,” Met Office spokesperson Nicky Maxey said. The plummeting temperatures will be caused by a easterly airflow which brings with it clearer and cooler conditions, leading to widespread frost.
Firefighters were forced to evacuate a busy high street in southwest London after a fire engulfed a double-decker bus. Pictures on social media showed the back of the double-decker in flames.
Police, fire crews and paramedics were called to the blaze on the 371 bus near the Guildhall/Rose Theatre stop on Kingston’s High Street just after 9am. The London Fire Brigade said the driver escaped before crews arrived. The fire was brought under control just after 10am and the cause is unknown.
London Ambulance Service staff were at the scene to treat people for possible smoke inhalation, Metropolitan Police said. A spokesman added: “Local residents have been evacuated as a safety precaution. The road remains closed. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.”
Scores of children and teachers were sent home after a vomiting bug hit a primary school in Sheffield.
A total of 166 children and three members of staff at Intake Primary School were registered as off sick in recent days as parents fear a major outbreak of winter norovirus. “We have taken advice from environmental health and public health,” a school spokeswoman said. “People are saying it’s the norovirus but there is no confirmed diagnosis yet.”
A spokeswoman for Taylor Shaw food services, which caters for the school, told RT: “All we can tell you it’s a vomiting bug, not food poisoning.” The school has since told reporters there will be a deep clean of its premises, although the cause of the vomiting bug is as yet unconfirmed.
Twelve people, including eleven girls, were killed when a fire swept through a dormitory at an all-female boarding school.
The incident occurred yesterday in the southern Turkish province of Adana, according to officials. The fire, which broke out in a dormitory housing both primary and high school students, may have been caused by an electrical fault.
At least twenty-two other girls were injured, although the extent and severity of their injuries is unclear. Most of the girls killed in the fire were aged between 10 and 16. Some of the girls attempted to escape the building by jumping out of the windows in panic.
Seventy-one people died when the aircraft crashed in a mountainous area in Colombia, including most of the Chapecoense football team and 20 Brazilian journalists on board. The pilot radioed that he was running out of fuel and needed to make an emergency landing, according to the co-pilot of another plane in the area.
There were six survivors – three players, two crew members and a journalist. Goalkeeper Jackson Follman, has undergone surgery to have his right leg amputated, defender Helio Neto is being treated in intensive care after suffering severe trauma to his skull, thorax and lungs, while fellow defender, Alan Ruschel, has undergone spinal surgery.
The British Aerospace 146 came down as it approached Colombia’s second-largest city, Medellin on Monday. One local resident said the aircraft appeared to have lost power. Nancy Munoz said: “It came over my house, but there was no noise, the engine must have gone.” A Colombian military source earlier told the AFP news agency that the plane may have run out of fuel. The source said: “It is very suspicious that despite the impact there was no explosion. That reinforces the theory of the lack of fuel.”
Commuters across the country suffered nightmare journeys this morning after a series of train faults, signal failures, staff shortages and other issues led to delays. Southern was again at the centre of passengers’ fury as another strike brought more disruption to services.
A series of further walk-outs by guards and drivers over the coming weeks will cripple services again. London Underground is also facing strike action in a dispute over the closure of ticket offices.
Passengers’ misery was made worse by the sub-zero conditions, with temperatures throughout the country struggling to hit single figures; signalling problems, electrical faults and defective trains all contributed to frustration and chaos for travellers.
Cheryl has privately told her close friends and family that she is expecting her first child. The former Girls Aloud singer was spotted with boyfriend Liam Payne last night showing off a bump as they attended the Fayre of St James Christmas Carol Concert.
After social media went into meltdown over the news, a source has revealed that while the star’s family have been told about the news, she has “no plans” to announce it publicly. “Cheryl has told close friends and family the very exciting news that she is expecting her first child,” said an insider. “She is absolutely ecstatic. It’s something she has been trying for for years.”“She doesn’t want to speak publicly about it for a number of reasons, particularly due to some of the battles she has gone through in her personal life in recent years. The fact is she has wanted a child desperately for so long and at one point it looked like it would never come,” the source added to The Sun.
Zara and Mike Tindall are expecting their second child. The Queen’s equestrian champion granddaughter and the former England rugby player are said to be thrilled.
“Mike and Zara are expecting another baby,” their spokeswoman said. The couple, who live on the Princess Royal’s Gatcombe Park country estate in Gloucestershire, already have a daughter called Mia Grace, who is nearly three.
The baby is due around late spring and will be the Queen and Prince Philip’s sixth great-grandchild and second cousin to Prince George and Princess Charlotte. A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh and members of the Royal Family are delighted with the news.”
Coronation Street’s Michelle Connor will contemplate suicide in a devastating storyline next year. Kym Marsh was spotted filming the tough plot out on location in Manchester last night (29/11/16) alongside co-star Tristan Gemmill, who plays Robert Preston.
The upsetting scenes see Michelle climb to the top of a bridge and consider ending her own life after hitting rock bottom. Why Michelle is so distraught is currently a mystery, but Corrie fans know that she’s currently at the centre of one of the show’s biggest storylines.
Michelle is expecting a baby with her husband Steve McDonald, but is completely unaware that their friend and neighbour Leanne Battersby is also expecting his child. Could it be Steve’s betrayal that pushes Michelle to the edge?
A headteacher has written to parents after receiving “mixed feedback” from them over a move to sell £1 tickets to watch the school nativity play. St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Worcester caters for 318 pupils aged between four and 11, 43.5% of whom speak English as a second language.
Louise Bury, headteacher of, said that revenue will go towards learning materials, especially for parents and children who do not have English as their first language. But she added she was “extremely concerned” over the conduct of some parents towards staff following the move which she said was “verbal abuse”.
Parents complained about the move including one, who remained anonymous, who told Worcester News parents the only evening performance was quickly sold out causing disappointment to children. The parent added: “Parents are also expected to provide costumes for their child to wear for the play, despite possibly not being able to watch them.”