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Drivers rescued amid snow storms

High winds and heavy snowfall have been affecting much of the UK, stranding some motorists and blacking out homes. Image: Vehicles have been abandoned in northern England

Some 200 people had to be rescued after being stranded by snow on the A66 in Co Durham. And 3,500 homes, mostly in North Yorks, are still without power.

A bid to airlift to safety a cargo ship captain, who was seriously injured off the Isles of Scilly in a gale, has been abandoned because it is too dangerous.

A second helicopter rescue attempt is to be made at first light.

Blizzards affected much of Scotland and northern England on Friday, with snow recorded as deep as 15cm (5.9in) in some parts.



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