At least three die as shivering Britain battles Arctic blast

Arctic conditions continued to take their toll yesterday as two pensioners died after falling in their gardens in freezing temperatures while a motorist who stopped to help a stranded driver was killed when he was hit by another vehicle.

Transport networks struggled to cope with the freeze as daytime temperatures plunged to minus eight Celsius in places, causing some train services to be cancelled and delays to many flights.

Transport Secretary Philip Hammond summoned Government chiefs for an hour-long emergency meeting yesterday to "stock take" and discuss preparations for the weekend, a Downing Street spokeswoman said.


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