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Five dead as temperatures across Britain plunge to -10°C

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A homeless dad-of-three is believed to have frozen to death while two people died in a collision on icy roads as temperatures fell to -10C.

An elderly woman who had gone missing was also found dead this afternoon and a rough sleeper’s body was found outside the Hilton hotel as a cold snap made its way across Britain.

The first death was a 57-year-old rough sleeper from Lithuania, whose body was found in a tent in Wakefield, Yorkshire.

The man, nicknamed ‘Elephant’ by friends, is understood to have three grown up children in Lithuania where he served in the army, the MailOnline reports.

In the afternoon, police in Scotland found a body of Helen Maider, 89, who went missing in the cold weather at about 6am this morning in East Dunbartonshire.

Another tragedy occurred at about 3.45am, when a male pedestrian was hit and thrown across the M4 between Langley and Slough in Berkshire.

The incident happened between the hard shoulder and the first lane, with Thames Valley Police saying ‘driving conditions at the time were foggy and visibility was poor’.

One hour later, a 19-year-old man was knocked down and killed by a HGV on the A34 near Winchester, with Hampshire Constabulary now probing whether the foggy conditions were also to blame.

Police officers were also called to assist paramedics from East Midlands Ambulance Service at around 8.20am today, after a man collapsed outside the Hilton in Nottingham City centre.

Three hours before the man collapsed, temperatures were at -2C. He was rushed to the Queen’s Medical Centre for treatment but was later pronounced dead.

Forecasters say the freezing weather has been brought on by an ‘arctic swell’ blowing from the North Pole to the UK.

Temperatures in Braemar, Aberdeenshire fell to -9.9C overnight, making it the coldest night of autumn so far for the UK.

Elsewhere, Southeastern railway warned commuters that some trains would be cancelled, delayed or revised due to ‘slippery rails’ after wet leaves were squashed onto the tracks by train wheels.

Nine of the 10 coldest locations were in Scotland last night, but the coldest location in England was Redesdale Camp in Northumberland, where the temperature was recorded at -7.1C.

According to the Met Office, the freezing fog will ‘linger’ across parts of England and Wales throughout the day.

North West Motorway Police said it had received reports of a ‘few’ accidents, adding: ‘the gritters have worked tirelessly all night, but it’s still icy out there’.

Meteorologist Grahame Madge said: ‘It’s going to clear, but it might be stubborn to clear in some places, and then eager to re-form. We have weather warnings out until 11am but in some places it could persist more than that.’

He suggested drivers take precautions such as driving on main roads, rather than quieter rural routes, and using a cigarette lighter to warm a key if the locks are frozen.

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