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UK weather: Motorists warned about ice as temperatures drop

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Motorists are being told to expect icy conditions and allow more time for journeys in large parts of the UK, with temperatures due to drop overnight.

A Met Office yellow warning for ice is in place from 18:00 GMT on Wednesday until 11:00 GMT on Thursday.

The warning covers much of Scotland and northern and eastern England.

The Met Office said temperatures could drop as low as -7C overnight, with wintry showers and sleet expected and the possibility of snow in some areas.

It said temperatures of below freezing were expected in most areas, excluding Wales and south-west England, and clear skies would cause wet surfaces to "freeze quite readily".

There is also a chance of snow, mainly in areas above 200m.

Met Office meteorologist Martin Bowles said those travelling on Thursday morning should allow more time for journeys and take extra care on untreated roads and pavements.

BBC weather presenter Ben Rich said that overnight wintry showers would move from Scotland across northern England, which could bring more snow in places, causing problems for the morning commuter period.

Icy conditions caused travel disruption to some parts of the country earlier on Wednesday.

The worst-affected area was north-west England, where flights and rail services were hit by delays and cancellations.

The runway at Liverpool Airport was temporarily closed due to icy conditions while passengers using Manchester Airport also faced delays because of thick freezing fog.

Merseyrail said there was severe disruption to its services caused by ice preventing electricity from reaching the trains. It said services had now returned to normal, with the exception of replacement buses operating between Hooton and Ellesmere Port.

Icy conditions also caused a number of incidents on motorways in north-west England, with the M61, M53 and M6 all affected.

Dyfed Powys Police said it had received "several reports" of crashes due to ice while North Wales Police said snow was causing "treacherous" conditions.

There was a serious crash in Neath Port Talbot and a 10-car crash in Swansea on Wednesday morning.


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Motorists are being told to expect icy conditions and allow more time for journeys in large parts of the UK, with temperatures due to drop overnight.

A Met Office yellow warning for ice is in place from 18:00 GMT on Wednesday until 11:00 GMT on Thursday.

The warning covers much of Scotland and northern and eastern England.

The Met Office said temperatures could drop as low as -7C overnight, with wintry showers and sleet expected and the possibility of snow in some areas.

It said temperatures of below freezing were expected in most areas, excluding Wales and south-west England, and clear skies would cause wet surfaces to "freeze quite readily".

There is also a chance of snow, mainly in areas above 200m.

Met Office meteorologist Martin Bowles said those travelling on Thursday morning should allow more time for journeys and take extra care on untreated roads and pavements.

BBC weather presenter Ben Rich said that overnight wintry showers would move from Scotland across northern England, which could bring more snow in places, causing problems for the morning commuter period.

Icy conditions caused travel disruption to some parts of the country earlier on Wednesday.

The worst-affected area was north-west England, where flights and rail services were hit by delays and cancellations.

The runway at Liverpool Airport was temporarily closed due to icy conditions while passengers using Manchester Airport also faced delays because of thick freezing fog.

Merseyrail said there was severe disruption to its services caused by ice preventing electricity from reaching the trains. It said services had now returned to normal, with the exception of replacement buses operating between Hooton and Ellesmere Port.

Icy conditions also caused a number of incidents on motorways in north-west England, with the M61, M53 and M6 all affected.

Dyfed Powys Police said it had received "several reports" of crashes due to ice while North Wales Police said snow was causing "treacherous" conditions.

There was a serious crash in Neath Port Talbot and a 10-car crash in Swansea on Wednesday morning.


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Motorists are being told to expect icy conditions and allow more time for journeys in large parts of the UK, with temperatures due to drop overnight.

A Met Office yellow warning for ice is in place from 18:00 GMT on Wednesday until 11:00 GMT on Thursday.

The warning covers much of Scotland and northern and eastern England.

The Met Office said temperatures could drop as low as -7C overnight, with wintry showers and sleet expected and the possibility of snow in some areas.

It said temperatures of below freezing were expected in most areas, excluding Wales and south-west England, and clear skies would cause wet surfaces to "freeze quite readily".

There is also a chance of snow, mainly in areas above 200m.

Met Office meteorologist Martin Bowles said those travelling on Thursday morning should allow more time for journeys and take extra care on untreated roads and pavements.

BBC weather presenter Ben Rich said that overnight wintry showers would move from Scotland across northern England, which could bring more snow in places, causing problems for the morning commuter period.

Icy conditions caused travel disruption to some parts of the country earlier on Wednesday.

The worst-affected area was north-west England, where flights and rail services were hit by delays and cancellations.

The runway at Liverpool Airport was temporarily closed due to icy conditions while passengers using Manchester Airport also faced delays because of thick freezing fog.

Merseyrail said there was severe disruption to its services caused by ice preventing electricity from reaching the trains. It said services had now returned to normal, with the exception of replacement buses operating between Hooton and Ellesmere Port.

Icy conditions also caused a number of incidents on motorways in north-west England, with the M61, M53 and M6 all affected.

Dyfed Powys Police said it had received "several reports" of crashes due to ice while North Wales Police said snow was causing "treacherous" conditions.

There was a serious crash in Neath Port Talbot and a 10-car crash in Swansea on Wednesday morning.


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Prince William says celebrities shunned mental health charity

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Prince William has said that every celebrity he asked to back his Heads Together mental health initiative three years ago refused.

The Duke of Cambridge told the Davos World Economic Forum that "a lot" of stars were approached, but none wanted to be associated with mental illness.

He also said the wartime generation may have helped create some of the stigma.

People preferred not talk about such "horrendous" events, a stoic attitude passed on to their children.

The prince created Heads Together, launched to help combat the stigma of mental health, in 2017 with the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

The duke told his audience of business leaders about his own struggles with mental health, saying there was one traumatic incident that he didn't think he would "ever get over".

He said if he hadn't opened up to colleagues about the situation, he would have "gone down a slippery slope" mentally.

Looking visibly emotional, he said he still found the incident "very difficult to talk about" because it was "related very closely to my children", George, Charlotte and Louis.

The prince has spoken previously about "very traumatic" callouts involving children while working for the air ambulance.

But he said such feelings were "only human", adding: "Yes, you put a suit of armour on… but one day something comes along closely related to your own personal life and it really takes you over a line."

Wartime generation

The issue of mental health is a big theme at this year's Davos, with several sessions on the topic.

Studies show one in four people will suffer from mental illness at some point in their life, but many people are still too embarrassed to admit they have a problem.

Despite a greater willingness to discuss the issue, the prince said that a lot of stigma remains, meaning "so many people are suffering in silence".

He added: "For some reason, people are embarrassed about their emotions - British people particularly," he told a packed audience at Davos.

He feels the British stiff upper lip that was common in previous generations has a lot to do with it.

The attitude was passed onto children, especially after the First and Second world wars when it became difficult to talk about "such horrendous circumstances".

"A whole generation inherited [this way of coping]. This was the way you deal with your problems: you don't talk about it."

But he said "a new generation knows that's not normal" and is becoming aware that it's better to be open about how they are feeling.

The prince urged companies to do more. "It should be so much easier to go to HR and talk about it. It has to come from the top."

Spotting the signs

During the debate, the audience was asked whether they or anyone they knew had suffered from a mental illness. Nearly everyone in the room raised a hand.

The Duke of Cambridge was at the forum with New Zealand's prime minister Jacinda Ardern, who has made tackling mental health problems a priority for her government.

She said it was a sad fact that everyone in New Zealand, a small country of less than 5 million people, knows of "someone who has taken their own life".

HSBC bank boss John Flint, also on the panel, said that in the "notoriously competitive" banking industry mental health problems were common.

He said it was imperative that people at the top spoke about it to allow those lower down in the organisation to open up.

"We all sit on the spectrum [of mental health]. I know there's a profound difference between when I'm feeling my best and when I'm not," he added.

Mr Flint said the bank was training managers to spot signs of mental health problems so they could help staff deal with them.

He said it made business sense given the impact problems had on workers' performance.

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Prince William has said that every celebrity he asked to back his Heads Together mental health initiative three years ago refused.

The Duke of Cambridge told the Davos World Economic Forum that "a lot" of stars were approached, but none wanted to be associated with mental illness.

He also said the wartime generation may have helped create some of the stigma.

People preferred not talk about such "horrendous" events, a stoic attitude passed on to their children.

The prince created Heads Together, launched to help combat the stigma of mental health, in 2017 with the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

The duke told his audience of business leaders about his own struggles with mental health, saying there was one traumatic incident that he didn't think he would "ever get over".

He said if he hadn't opened up to colleagues about the situation, he would have "gone down a slippery slope" mentally.

Looking visibly emotional, he said he still found the incident "very difficult to talk about" because it was "related very closely to my children", George, Charlotte and Louis.

The prince has spoken previously about "very traumatic" callouts involving children while working for the air ambulance.

But he said such feelings were "only human", adding: "Yes, you put a suit of armour on… but one day something comes along closely related to your own personal life and it really takes you over a line."

Wartime generation

The issue of mental health is a big theme at this year's Davos, with several sessions on the topic.

Studies show one in four people will suffer from mental illness at some point in their life, but many people are still too embarrassed to admit they have a problem.

Despite a greater willingness to discuss the issue, the prince said that a lot of stigma remains, meaning "so many people are suffering in silence".

He added: "For some reason, people are embarrassed about their emotions - British people particularly," he told a packed audience at Davos.

He feels the British stiff upper lip that was common in previous generations has a lot to do with it.

The attitude was passed onto children, especially after the First and Second world wars when it became difficult to talk about "such horrendous circumstances".

"A whole generation inherited [this way of coping]. This was the way you deal with your problems: you don't talk about it."

But he said "a new generation knows that's not normal" and is becoming aware that it's better to be open about how they are feeling.

The prince urged companies to do more. "It should be so much easier to go to HR and talk about it. It has to come from the top."

Spotting the signs

During the debate, the audience was asked whether they or anyone they knew had suffered from a mental illness. Nearly everyone in the room raised a hand.

The Duke of Cambridge was at the forum with New Zealand's prime minister Jacinda Ardern, who has made tackling mental health problems a priority for her government.

She said it was a sad fact that everyone in New Zealand, a small country of less than 5 million people, knows of "someone who has taken their own life".

HSBC bank boss John Flint, also on the panel, said that in the "notoriously competitive" banking industry mental health problems were common.

He said it was imperative that people at the top spoke about it to allow those lower down in the organisation to open up.

"We all sit on the spectrum [of mental health]. I know there's a profound difference between when I'm feeling my best and when I'm not," he added.

Mr Flint said the bank was training managers to spot signs of mental health problems so they could help staff deal with them.

He said it made business sense given the impact problems had on workers' performance.

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Prince William has said that every celebrity he asked to back his Heads Together mental health initiative three years ago refused.

The Duke of Cambridge told the Davos World Economic Forum that "a lot" of stars were approached, but none wanted to be associated with mental illness.

He also said the wartime generation may have helped create some of the stigma.

People preferred not talk about such "horrendous" events, a stoic attitude passed on to their children.

The prince created Heads Together, launched to help combat the stigma of mental health, in 2017 with the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

The duke told his audience of business leaders about his own struggles with mental health, saying there was one traumatic incident that he didn't think he would "ever get over".

He said if he hadn't opened up to colleagues about the situation, he would have "gone down a slippery slope" mentally.

Looking visibly emotional, he said he still found the incident "very difficult to talk about" because it was "related very closely to my children", George, Charlotte and Louis.

The prince has spoken previously about "very traumatic" callouts involving children while working for the air ambulance.

But he said such feelings were "only human", adding: "Yes, you put a suit of armour on… but one day something comes along closely related to your own personal life and it really takes you over a line."

Wartime generation

The issue of mental health is a big theme at this year's Davos, with several sessions on the topic.

Studies show one in four people will suffer from mental illness at some point in their life, but many people are still too embarrassed to admit they have a problem.

Despite a greater willingness to discuss the issue, the prince said that a lot of stigma remains, meaning "so many people are suffering in silence".

He added: "For some reason, people are embarrassed about their emotions - British people particularly," he told a packed audience at Davos.

He feels the British stiff upper lip that was common in previous generations has a lot to do with it.

The attitude was passed onto children, especially after the First and Second world wars when it became difficult to talk about "such horrendous circumstances".

"A whole generation inherited [this way of coping]. This was the way you deal with your problems: you don't talk about it."

But he said "a new generation knows that's not normal" and is becoming aware that it's better to be open about how they are feeling.

The prince urged companies to do more. "It should be so much easier to go to HR and talk about it. It has to come from the top."

Spotting the signs

During the debate, the audience was asked whether they or anyone they knew had suffered from a mental illness. Nearly everyone in the room raised a hand.

The Duke of Cambridge was at the forum with New Zealand's prime minister Jacinda Ardern, who has made tackling mental health problems a priority for her government.

She said it was a sad fact that everyone in New Zealand, a small country of less than 5 million people, knows of "someone who has taken their own life".

HSBC bank boss John Flint, also on the panel, said that in the "notoriously competitive" banking industry mental health problems were common.

He said it was imperative that people at the top spoke about it to allow those lower down in the organisation to open up.

"We all sit on the spectrum [of mental health]. I know there's a profound difference between when I'm feeling my best and when I'm not," he added.

Mr Flint said the bank was training managers to spot signs of mental health problems so they could help staff deal with them.

He said it made business sense given the impact problems had on workers' performance.

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Speedboat killer Jack Shepherd hands himself in to police

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A man convicted of killing his date in a speedboat crash on the River Thames has handed himself in to police in Georgia after months on the run.

Jack Shepherd was sentenced to six years in July for the manslaughter of 24-year-old Charlotte Brown.

The 31-year-old had been in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi since March and was absent throughout his trial.

Ms Brown's father Graham Brown said: "I feel very emotional at the fact that my daughter will get some justice."

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live, he added: "I do think the family will be in a much better position to deal with our loss and heartbreak over the last three years."

Mr Brown, who earlier on Wednesday gave an interview to the Victoria Derbyshire programme urging Shepherd to hand himself in, described the fugitive as "a very crass, reckless man who stuck two fingers up to the judiciary system".

"He's done the right thing and thank goodness he has handed himself in," he added.

A spokesman for the Georgian Embassy in London confirmed Shepherd's arrest, which comes after Ms Brown's family met with the Home Secretary Sajid Javid on Tuesday.

Under current diplomatic agreements between Georgia and the UK, Shepherd is eligible for extradition.

Georgian Rustavi TV has shown footage of him before he handed himself in, during an "exclusive interview" in his final minutes as a "free man".

Speaking in English, which was then voiced over and translated into Georgian, Shepherd described it as "a tragic accident".

Ms Brown's sister Katie Brown said her family were "relieved" Shepherd had handed himself in but described him as "arrogant".

"To just stroll in with a very smug look on his face and to claim innocence is unbelievable. This is a small amount of justice for my sister."

The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia, the law enforcement agency in the country, previously told the BBC it was working with the Met Police to track Shepherd.

The Met said it was informed by the National Crime Agency that Shepherd was in the custody of police in Georgia.

A Home Office spokesman added: "It is now for the Crown Prosecution Service to decide on whether to make an extradition request to the Georgian authorities, via the Home Office."

After meeting on the dating website OkCupid, Shepherd took Ms Brown on a date on 8 December 2015.

Shepherd spent £150 on wine and food at a restaurant in The Shard before taking her on a speedboat he claimed he owned.

Ms Brown and Shepherd were thrown from the boat when it hit branches in the water near Wandsworth Bridge at about midnight.

Shepherd was found clinging to the hull and Ms Brown, from Clacton in Essex, was pulled from the water unconscious and unresponsive.

A post-mortem examination found she died from cold water immersion.

At the scene in Tbilisi

By BBC correspondent Rayhan Demytrie

I am outside the police station where Jack Shepherd, who is now officially under arrest, is currently being held.

He will be moved to a temporary detention centre and his lawyer says according to Georgian law the detention period in this kind of case can be up to nine months.

But it will be up to a judge to decide how long Shepherd will be in the custody of the Georgian police.

Shepherd gave an interview to a local television station where he maintains his innocence.

He says he does not agree with the court's decision and that he is now ready to co-operate with the investigation.

Shepherd made his first appearance at the Old Bailey on 26 January, when he entered a not guilty plea to a charge of manslaughter by gross negligence.

He was released on unconditional bail by Judge Richard Marks QC, but failed to show up for his trial in July.

After his conviction an international arrest warrant was issued.

Despite being on the run, Shepherd has won the right to appeal against his conviction.

Shepherd's solicitor Richard Egan said: "In the light of today's developments I don't think it would be appropriate to comment further until Mr Shepherd is back in the jurisdiction."

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