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Man’s death in frozen lake brings freeze toll to 22

The death toll caused by the icy UK weather rose again yesterday as the wintry conditions showed no sign of relenting.

The body of 45-year-old Philip Hughes from Slough was recovered from beneath the ice in a frozen lake in Frimley Green, Surrey.

And in Scotland a farmer was taken to hospital after a barn collapsed under the weight of the snow.

At least 22 people have died after incidents thought to have been related to the weather since before Christmas.

Thousands of homes have been left without power, schools have closed across the country and travellers have faced chaos as the weather hit roads, rail services and airports.

Last night was expected to be the coldest night of the winter with some areas suffering temperatures similar to a domestic freezer.

Dwindling gritting stocks reached crisis point as a series of accidents on some major routes added to difficulties for millions of drivers.

Councils rationed their salt as one of the biggest suppliers of rock salt in the UK asked the Department for Transport to draw up a list of priority customers.

The freezing weather pushed demand for gas to record levels forcing the National Grid to issue its second gas alert in three days.

The freezing conditions are set to continue into next week with forecasters saying more snow is expected.

Richard Young, Chief Forecaster at the Met Office said last night: “Temperatures will struggle to rise above freezing across most of the country by day, with severe and penetrating frosts at night.”

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