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London Bridge attack

London Bridge attack

London Bridge attack

Police faced a horrific and confusing scene, with stab victims in the street and reports suicide attackers were on the loose.

One of the first police officers on the scene of the London Bridge attack has described the “pandemonium” as people ran for their lives while others lay bleeding on the ground.

Inspector Jim Cole said he and his team were about to clock off at Peckham police station when the call came in.

He said he immediately clicked that it could be a terror attack.

“We ran down to the yard and started getting the team back in the vans,” he said.

“It was like something out of a movie with police officers running everywhere. Everybody was jumping into cars, getting cars going.”

The 41-year-old and his officers rushed to Borough High Street and made their way on foot to the market where the attackers were looking for people to kill.

“We had some updates on the radio about at least three men attacking people with knives, but it wasn’t really a clear situation and we were not really sure what to expect,” he said.

The ringleader of the London Bridge terror attack was so open about his extremist views that he appeared in a fly-on-the-wall documentary entitled The Jihadis Next Door, it emerged on Monday.

London Bridge attackers Rachid Redouane, Khuram Butt and Youssef Zaghba

Khuram Butt, 27, a British national who was born in Pakistan, was filmed praying in front of an Isil flag in London’s Regent’s Park as part of a controversial Channel 4 programme that was broadcast in January last year.

By the time the documentary went out, the father of two had already been under investigation by the police and MI5 for six months.

The second terrorist was named as Rachid Redouane, 30, who police said had claimed to be both Moroccan and Libyan. He was also known to use the name Rachid Elkhdar, and was understood to be in possession of an Irish identity card when he was shot dead by police. Redouane, who was married to a British woman and had a daughter with her, is thought to have lived in Dublin previously. It was not clear when or how he arrived in the UK.

London Bridge attackers Rachid Redouane, Khuram Butt and Youssef Zaghba

Redouane, a chef, was seen visiting his wife, Charisse, only three hours before he and his two accomplices carried out the attack, neighours said.

He and his wife are reported to have split up over their differing views on religion, after they clashed over the best way to raise their child.

Police said while they believed they knew who the third terrorist was they were still working with international partners to formally identify him.

The disclosure that he is not British will raise questions about how recently he moved to the UK and under what circumstances he had entered the country.

At least a dozen Molotov cocktails were found in the van used by the attackers, according to reports last night. Officers are said to be treating the bottles filled with clear liquid as petrol bombs.

 All 12 people arrested in east London on Sunday in relation to the London bridge attack have now been released without charge.

A vigil was held at London Bridge last night for the victims of the attack.

Seven people were killed in Saturday’s onslaught and 48 injured. Of those, 36 are still in hospital; 18 remain in a critical condition in the London bridge attack.

Attack in London A Incident Near London Bridge

Attack in London A Incident Near London Bridge

If the incident on Saturday night is confirmed as terrorism, it would mean the UK has faced three attacks in the space of less than three months following the Westminster and Manchester atrocities in March and May.

As the emergency unfolded, Scotland Yard issued a message urging members of the public in the affected areas to “run, hide and tell”.

The guidance was prepared by counter-terrorism police to set out the steps people should follow in the event of an attack in London.

After the bombing in Manchester, the official terror threat level was raised to the highest – critical – amid fears further attacks could be imminent.

It was the first time the assessment had reached the most serious rating for nearly a decade and a huge security response was activated, with military personnel drafted in to support police.

Last weekend the threat level was lowered to the second highest category of severe, meaning an attack was judged “highly likely”.

It was revealed following the Manchester blast that security services had foiled 18 plots in Britain since 2013, including five since the Westminster attack.

The threat being confronted by the UK’s counter-terrorism agencies is seen as unprecedented, with 500 active investigations involving 3,000 subjects of interest at any one time.

The “terrorist incidents” at London Bridge and Borough Market follow less than a fortnight after the terror bombing at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester which killed 22 people – the worst terror attack in Britain for a decade.

Here is a timeline of recent Attack in London:

:: May 22 2017: Twenty-two people – including children – are killed and around 59 injured during a suspected terrorist bombing at a pop concert in Manchester.

Lone suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated an improvised explosive device as crowds of music fans, many of them youngsters, left Manchester Arena following a performance by US artist Ariana Grande.

The Attack in London:: March 22 2017: Five people are killed when an Islamist extremist launched a car and knife attack in central London.

Khalid Masood drove a hire car over Westminster Bridge, near the Houses of Parliament, mounted the pavement and hit pedestrians before crashing into railings outside the Palace of Westminster.

He stabbed Pc Keith Palmer, 48, to death and also killed US tourist Kurt Cochran, Romanian tourist Andreea Cristea, 31, and Britons Aysha Frade, 44, and 75-year-old Leslie Rhodes. Masood was shot dead by police.

:: June 16 2016: Labour MP Jo Cox is murdered outside her constituency office in Batley, West Yorkshire.

The mother of two, 41, was shot and stabbed multiple times by right-wing extremist Thomas Mair. He was later handed a whole-life prison sentence for her murder.

:: December 5 2015: A lone attacker attempts to behead a passenger during an Islamic State-inspired rampage in the ticket hall of Leytonstone Underground station in east London.

Somali-born Muhiddin Mire targeted strangers at random during the attack before slashing fellow passenger Lyle Zimmerman, 56, with a knife.

The schizophrenic was sent to Broadmoor Hospital after being given a life sentence with a minimum term of eight years for attempted murder.

Attack in London: May 22 2013: Fusilier Lee Rigby is murdered by Islamic extremists Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale.

The 25-year-old serviceman was walking near his barracks in Woolwich, south-east London, when the pair rammed him with a car before attempting to hack off his head with knives.

The killers were jailed for life at the Old Bailey in February 2014.

Attack in London: June 30 2007: Two men inspired by Islamist extremism ram a 4×4 laden with petrol and propane tanks into the main terminal of Glasgow Airport. One of the attackers died in the incident and five people were injured.

Attack in London: July 7 2005: Four suicide bombers kill 52 and injure hundreds of others in blasts on the London Underground network and a bus.

Twenty-six died in the bombing at Russell Square on the Piccadilly line, six in the bombing at Edgware Road on the Circle line, seven in the bombing at Aldgate on the Circle line, and 13 in the bombing on a bus at Tavistock Square.

Strong Evidence’ North Korea-Linked Group Was Behind NHS Cyberattack

Strong Evidence’ North Korea-Linked Group Was Behind NHS Cyberattack

Security experts say there are “clear code connections” between the global ransomware attack and a North Korea-linked group.

There is “strong” evidence to suggest a North Korea-linked group was behind last week’s global cyberattack, security experts say.

Simon Choi, director of South Korean anti-virus firm Hauri, said the code used in the attack shared many similarities with previous hacks attributed to North Korea-linked Lazarus Group.

The same collective is believed to have been behind the 2014 hack of Sony Pictures and is also suspected of previous attacks on the global financial system.

Mr Choi said: “I saw signs last year that the North was preparing ransomware attacks or even already beginning to do so, targeting some South Korean companies.”

He added that since 2013, hackers aligned to Pyongyang have been using malicious software to extort Bitcoin – the online currency demanded in last week’s WannaCry cyberattack.

Israeli-based security firm Intezer Labs said there were “clear code connections” between Lazarus and WannaCry, adding that the evidence “strongly suggests that these hacking tools were written or modified by the same author”.

Symantec and Kaspersky are investigating whether hackers from Lazarus Group were responsible for infecting an estimated 300,000 machines in 150 countries.

Their enquiries came as the White House said that paying ransom money to unlock files encrypted by the global cyberattack does not work.

Homeland security adviser Tom Bossett told reporters he is not aware of a case where transferring $300 (£232) in Bitcoin – the amount demanded from victims of last week’s attack – has “led to any data recovery”.

President Trump’s administration estimates that less than $70,000 (£54,285) has been paid to the criminals behind the ransomware so far.

During a White House briefing, Mr Bossert said no federal systems in the US had been affected by the malicious software.

He added that his British counterparts said they now had a “feeling of control” after the attack struck 47 NHS organisations.

Russia has denied it had anything to do with what Europol called the “largest ransomware attack observed in history”, and President Vladimir Putin described it as payback for the US intelligence services.

His remarks came after Microsoft’s chief legal officer said the US National Security Agency had developed the original code used in the attack, which was later leaked in a document dump.

Mr Putin said: “A genie let out of a bottle of this kind, especially created by secret services, can then cause damage to its authors and creators.”

Meanwhile, the 22-year old computer expert who discovered the WannaCry’s hidden kill switch says he does not think of himself as a hero and was just  as regard the global cyberattack”doing my bit to stop botnets”.

British-born Marcus Hutchins, who is currently working in Los Angeles, stumbled on the solution by accident while analysing a sample of the malicious code, and then spent three days fighting the ransomware worm.

Mr Hutchins’ manager at online security firm Kryptos Logic said he “not only saved the United States but also prevented further damage to the rest of the world”.

Sky News has learned that health trusts in England were sent details of a security patch last month that would have allowed them to protect themselves.

A spokesman for NHS Digital said: “Our understanding is that if that had been acted on it would have prevented (the malware attack).”

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The Flat Where Westminster Terrorist Spent Final Months

The Flat Where Westminster Terrorist Spent Final Months

The Flat Where Westminster Terrorist Spent Final Months Preparing For Attack

The terrorist had the picture of London hanging in his living room

Terrorist Khalid Masood lived couped up in a tiny room decorated with an iconic photo of Westminster in the months before he carried out the Westminster attack, it has emerged.

New photographs reveal the inside of the shared flat in Birmingham where Masood spent the final months of his life lifting weights and obsessing over internet sites, the Daily Mirror reported.

The 52-year-old left his wife Rohey Hydara and their two young children for the flat above a Birmingham restaurant, where he is believed to have plotted the atrocity.

Masood, a Muslim convert formerly known as Adrian Elms, cooked his meals in a communal room containing the large Ikea print of a double-decker bus.

The picture, which includes a City of Westminster sign, shows streets just a mile from the atrocity on the bridge, which claimed five lives.

Masood is understood to have moved into the room, which is rented for £450-a-month, last December.

For the first week he made repeated demands for the internet to be fixed and seemed “desperate” to get online, according to his flat mate.

Ilyas Ilkgun, 26, told the Mirror he had been shocked to find he had lived next to a terrorirst for three months.

He added that he may have got inspiration for the horrific tragedy from the picture of a London street that hung in their communal living room.

He vanished from the flat three days before his attack in Westminster.

Ilkgun said Masood would spend hours lifting weights, never had any visitors during his three months in the flat, and was obsessed with having internet access in the flat. He said he believed this was so the terrorist could prepare and plan his attack.

 When armed police entered the terrorist’s room they found pop music playing on a loop.

Ilkgun revealed Masood’s room, where he spent most of his time, was bare except for furniture and the gym equipment.

“He lived in his own tiny world, just the four walls of his room. The way he lived wasn’t healthy, he never saw daylight and he never went outside,” he said.

“He couldn’t find any reason to hold on to life.”

Masood also reportedly owed hundreds of pounds to the taxman and was being chased by HMRC at the time of his death.

His flatmates told the Mirror that Masood, who was then unemployed, was paying HMRC £100 a month over an unpaid tax bill.

They also claimed the terrorist would deliberately lock them out of the flat by bolting the front door.

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George Michael Legend Fans Want Permission To Remember Him in a Special Way

George Michael Legend Fans Want Permission To Remember Him in a Special Way

George Michael Legend Fans Want Permission To Remember Him in a Special Way

Outspoken George Michael legend was not shy when it came to his sexual conquests, and some of his loyal fans want to honour him in a surprising way.

The tragic star, who died on Christmas Day, could be set to get a special bench placed in Hampstead Heath, where he would often meet sexual partners for X-rated fun.

Over 700 fans have signed a petition so that they can remember the Freedom singer in this special way, according to the Daily Star.

Despite some fans thinking the idea is crude, others have claimed that because George took the ‘Michael’ out of his sexual escapades – like when he appeared on Ricky Gervais’ Extras in 2009.

It’s exactly where he appeared in the BBC show that fans wanted the bench erected.

In the clip the tragic star made a joke at his own expense about heading off for some casual sex in the bushes.

Petition organiser Tony Antoniou said: “He loved that park so much. It’s the least they can do. I’m sure his family will love it too.”

George once spoke about how he got his x-rated kicks, as he once said: “I’ll do it on a nice summer evening.

“It’s a much nicer place to get some quick and honest sex than standing in a bar.”

Meanwhile thousands of his fans have signed a different petition that wants a statue of the star placed outside his London property.
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Britain Prime Minister Theresa May First Visit to Meet Donald Trump

Britain Prime Minister Theresa May First Visit to Meet Donald Trump

British Prime Minister Theresa May is set to visit US President Donald Trump in Washington on Friday, making her the first foreign leader to meet with the newly inaugurated president.

Speaking in a televised interview with the BBC’s Andrew Marr, May said she would discuss the countries’ future trade relations, the importance of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the Syrian conflict.
“What I think is important is that when I sit down, I will talk about how I can build on this special relationship. He has already said to me that he wants to see a very strong relationship between the US and the UK in the future,” May said.
The British Embassy in Washington confirmed the visit to CNN, saying that the leaders would also discuss relations with Russia and the global fight against terrorism.
Boosting trade with the United States will be high on May’s agenda. The prime minister said in a speech Tuesday that Britain would be looking to improve trade with countries outside the European Union once the country leaves the regional bloc.
May made clear Tuesday that the country would not remain part of the EU’s single market and customs union. The EU single market is essentially a free-trade zone allowing the free movement of people, goods, services and capital.
Britain voted to withdraw from the union in its “Brexit” referendum in June last year, raising concerns over whether Britain’s economy will prosper outside the single market.
The US is already Britain’s second-largest trading partner by country, after Germany. Trade between both countries is already more than 150 billion pounds ($186 billion), and the US is the single biggest source of inward investment to the UK, the embassy said.
May has also been invited to become the first serving foreign head of state to address the annual congressional Republican retreat, the British Embassy said. The party will map out its 2017 vision at the event, held Thursday in Philadelphia.

Trump’s comments on women ‘unacceptable’

May is Britain’s second female prime minister, and when asked by Marr whether she would bring up lewd comments made by Trump about women, she said that her mere presence at the meeting as a female leader would make “the biggest statement” about the role of women.
“First of all, I’ve already said that some of the comments that Donald Trump has made in relation to women are unacceptable. Some of those he himself has apologized for,” May said, before listing some of the women’s issues in which she’s been involved — including domestic violence and modern slavery.
“Whenever I find there is something unacceptable, I won’t be afraid to say that to Donald Trump,” she added. The interview came a day after millions of people took part in women’s rights protests around the world to show opposition to Trump’s comments and policy agenda on women’s issues.
On defense, Trump recently criticized NATO as “obsolete,” and his election has raised concerns about the alliance’s future.
NATO is a military and political alliance that bridges European nations and the United States. Russia sees the alliance as a threat to its position in the region.
Trump has signaled that he wants to see a major shift in US-Russia relations in his presidency. A closer relationship between the old Cold War foes could have a significant impact on world events.
On the Syria conflict, for example, the two powers stood fiercely on opposing sides at UN discussions, the Russians backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime while the US opposed him.
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March election after  Northern Ireland  Government Collapses

March election after Northern Ireland Government Collapses

March election after Northern Ireland Government Collapses. An early election is due to be held in Northern Ireland on 2 March after the collapse of the government, it has been announced.

Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire said the Northern Ireland Assembly will sit for the last time on 25 January, before it is dissolved the following day.

The break-up of the power-sharing government comes amid a dispute between Sinn Fein and the DUP over a botched renewable energy scheme that could have cost the taxpayer £400m.

The “cash for ash” scandal prompted the resignation of deputy first minister Martin McGuinness, who called for DUP first minister Arlene Foster to quit.

She refused, calling Mr McGuinness’ actions “not principled” and “purely political”.

On Monday afternoon, Sinn Fein announced it would not replace Mr McGuinness – triggering the snap election.

Despite a last-ditch attempt by Theresa May to urge a resolution, Sinn Fein MLA Conor Murphy said his party had decided to “call time on the arrogance of the DUP”.

He said: “We have had scandal after scandal, allegations of corruption need to be investigated properly and the people responsible need to be held to account.”

Ms Foster said Sinn Fein had “chosen to pursue political self-interest” and “did not like the election result last May and are therefore looking to have another go”.

Announcing the dissolution of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Mr Brokenshire urged both parties “to conduct this election with a view to…re-establishing a partnership government at the earliest opportunity after that poll.”

He said: “This is essential for the operation of devolved government. And this means that all must remain open to dialogue.”

Sinn Fein and the DUP are expected to remain the two largest parties following the election, meaning they will still have to hammer out a power-sharing arrangement.

If they fail to agree terms after three weeks, Mrs May could be forced to suspend devolution and reinstate direct rule from Westminster.

Sky News Ireland Correspondent David Blevins said the relationship between Sinn Fein and the DUP had been “slowly breaking down for a period of months”.

He said: “Some would suggest that the British and Irish governments took their eye off the ball.

“The botched renewable energy scheme is being blamed for the collapse of the devolved government but it was just the tip of the iceberg.”

He added that the collapse of the power-sharing government was the “greatest challenge to face the Northern Ireland peace process in a decade”.

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Snow Forecast For The Capital This Week

Snow Forecast For The Capital This Week

Snow Forecast For The Capital This Week. Londoners have been warned sleet and snow could hit the capital as temperatures plunge this week.

The Met Office has announced that milder temperatures expected at the beginning of the week will plummet on Wednesday night as “wintry showers” travel across the UK and through the Channel.

“There is a risk of some snow and sleety weather on Thursday and possibly also Friday – mainly in the form of showers,” a forecaster told the Standard.

“It is difficult to gauge how much snow but it looks like a slight covering and it will feel very very cold.

“Temperatures will stay around four or five degrees but a wind chill will make it feel colder.”

As the precipitation clears on Friday it is predicted that London will enjoy “clear blue skies” in the day but an Arctic cold wind that “will not be pleasant to be out in”.

“It is time to dig out the winter woollies,” the forecaster added.

The wintry weather is predicted to continue to the end of the week, with a risk of frosts overnight.

It comes as a deadly cold snap has gripped much of Europe in recent days, bringing snow to parts of Turkey and Greece.

Temperatures have fallen below -20C in parts of Poland during the cold spell.

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UK Weather Storm Katie Causes Chaos For Southern England

UK Weather Storm Katie Causes Chaos For Southern England

UK Weather Storm Katie Causes Chaos For Southern England. One man was feared dead after 105mph winds and torrential rain batter the south coast.

Police are searching for a man whose kayak is believed to have capsized in the waters of the river Wey, near Guildford, in Surrey, during the aftermath of Storm Katie.

Surrey Police said the unidentified man had overturned at about midday on Easter Monday, when the river was flooded.

“We have a large number of officers out looking for this man alongside a number of fire crews,” said Chief Inspector Dave Mason. “The man was spotted in the water by several members of the public and was clearly in difficulty due to the extremely strong current. We are doing everything we can to try and find him.”

Storm Katie

Storm Katie is heading for the UK

The man’s disappearance came after Storm Katie brought gusts of up to 105mph to parts of southern England over the weekend.

Flights and trains were heavily disrupted, with Heathrow having to cancel more than 90 flights and divert 20 others to different airports.

One passenger on board a flight from Budapest to Gatwick claimed his plane was “dropping suddenly and swinging left to right” before the pilot “suddenly aborted the landing”

“People then began being ill and sick,” he added. “We eventually landed complete with a full round of applause and people crying at Birmingham airport.”

In London, the fire service said it had dealt with more than 110 incidents due to high winds. Some locals in Greenwich were forced to leave their homes after a crane became loose and collapsed.

 

The strongest winds were felt on the Isle of Wight, where gusts of 106mph were recorded. Storm Katie left the British mainland late on Monday morning, according to the BBC, and passed over the southern North Sea yesterday evening.

 

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Storm Imogen Hit United Kingdom

Storm Imogen Hit United Kingdom

Storm Imogen Hit United Kingdom. Britain was lashed by hurricane-force winds that reached nearly 100mph and torrential rains as a cataclysmic weather system called Storm Imogen battered parts of the country and claimed its first tragic victims.

The gales will be strong enough to damage trees and buildings, knock out power supplies and whip up colossal waves along coastal regions.The south is in the firing line to take the brunt of the storm while plunging temperatures in the north will bring snow.

Terrifying gales of up to 100mph have made Britain the third windiest place in the world.

A dedicated RSPCA has gone missing from a storm-ravaged beach where he was trying to help a flock of gannets.

A major air and sea search rescue operation is underway for Inspector Mike Read who had been called out to an urgent wildlife rescue of gannets stranded at Porthchapel beach near Penzance.

Despite extensive efforts, fears are growing that the 54-year-old might have been swept out to sea when Storm Imogen first hit the Cornwall coast.

Inspector Read was last seen on Sunday afternoon when gusts were recorded as high as 80mph and waves measured off up to a staggering 63ft.

His white van was found parked at the Minack Theatre car park.

A spokesman for the RSPCA said: “The alarm was raised this morning when he failed to return home from duty and a major search was started in the severe weather, involving the RSPCA, Devon and Cornwall Police and coastguards.”

Two children have been seriously injured near Worcester after a brick wall collapsed on top of them as they walked to school with their mum.

The youngsters, aged five and seven, were airlifted to hospital in Birmingham after being buried underneath rubble from a 10ft high garden wall that came down in high winds.

They sufered serious leg injuries and the wall, thought to have been brought down by the power of the gales, have only been inspected by the local council a week prior.

Local resident Don Bird, 71, said: “The wall was only inspected last week because it had started leaning towards the road.

“A mum had been taking her kids to school when it happened. It must have been harrowing for her.”

In another terrifying storm-related case, a man was seriously injured and his dog was killed in West Sussex after winds caused a wall to come crashing down on them.

The elderly man suffered a double fracture in his leg after a five foot high flint wall collapsed onto him and his pet.

Sadly his dog is confirmed to have died.

Storm Imogen Hit United Kingdom

Storm Imogen Hit United Kingdom

Almost 300 Environment Agency flood warnings are in place across the UK amid heavy downpours, with 59 warnings calling for “immediate action”, particularly in the south west and Wales.More than 5,500 homes were without power in south-west England and some cross-Channel ferries have been cancelled.A spokesman for Western Power Distribution said: “Around 2,850 of our customers are currently affected.”Everybody we have available is out working but many of the incidents are have been caused by airborne damages such as trees falling on power lines.”Thermometers threaten to plunge to -14C (7F) in Scotland this week as strong winds whip up “blizzard” conditions.Parts of the South West are set to face a month’s worth of rainfall in a mere 24 hours while Wales saw 18mm of rain in just six hours this morning.Met Office Spokesperson Nicky Maxey said: “We have seen wind gusts of 96 miles per hour on the Isle of Wight and gusts of above 80mph were also recorded in the Isles of Scilly and Wales.”Rail services in Wales, the South West and in southern areas are being disrupted due to strong winds, with speed restrictions and cancellations.

A number of schools across Cornwall were forced to close or open late due to the power cuts or damage caused by the storm.

The Severn Bridge was closed eastbound and restrict westbound due to strong gales and services from ferry companies Brittany and P&O were cancelled and delayed.London’s Gatwick airport also warned of flight delays due to bad weather.Forecasters warn driving conditions could be affected by strong gales and surface water during this morning’s rush hour.Gusts of 73mph and 69mph have been recorded in Avonmouth near Bristol and in the Isle of Portland in Dorset.There are nearly 60 flood warnings in place in England and Wales – meaning flooding is expected – and more than 200 flood alerts – meaning flooding is possible.

Storm Imogen Hit United Kingdom

Storm Imogen Hit United Kingdom

The Met Office and Irish Met Eireann said the ninth named storm of the season – Imogen – will tear through the south of England.

It has issued severe weather warnings for wind in the region with a more serious amber alert for severe gales in place across Devon, Cornwall and the West Country.

The high winds brought a large tree crashing down, right over the entrance to Wimbledon Magistrates Court.

Drivers who parked their cars on Fistral Beach in Newquay found their cars buried in sand this morning.

Another tree caused traffic chaos in Mitcham – closing a main road for several hours from 7am in the morning.

Some forecasters warn of an added risk of snow this week with sub-zero temperatures bringing harsh frosts and ice.

The mercury is forecast to dip to -14C (7F) in Scotland overnight with lows of -2C (28F) as far south as London by the weekend.

The immediate threat is from Storm Imogen which will hit UK shores during the early hours of  tomorrow.

Met Office forecaster Mark Wilson said: “It is going to be a very stormy day on Monday with strong winds picking up during the early hours.

“Much of southern England and Wales will be affected with widespread inland winds of 60 to 70mph and coastal gusts of 80mph.

“This could come as quite a surprise and catch people unaware due to its sudden development.

“Temperatures will also gradually decrease as we progress throughout the remainder of the upcoming week, and this will allow for further widespread snow across many parts of the country throughout Thursday and into next weekend.”

The Met Office said daytime temperatures in the north will hover in low single figures through the week with highs of 10C (50F) further south.

However strong winds will make it feel colder with thermometers dropping widely overnight towards the weekend.

Independent Netweather forecasters warned ground temperatures could drop to -14C in Scotland with -2C likely elsewhere.

An EA spokesman said: “On Monday the combination of severe coastal gales, large waves and increasing tides means that some minor impacts are possible from flooding caused by spray and wave over-topping along parts of the north Cornwall coast and the south-west coast of Wales.

“Flooding may affect individual coastal properties and promenades and may lead to some travel disruption.”

Leon Brown, forecaster for The Weather Company, said winds are due to pick up tonight.

He said: “The weather is changing very rapidly from the west on Sunday afternoon as the jet stream pushes another Atlantic weather system rapidly east.

“Gales will develop over the Irish Sea and western Channel before moving inland across western and southern Britain bringing gusts 60 to 70mph near western and southern coasts and 55mph inland through the evening.”

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