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Tributes to boy who died in snow

A school has paid tribute to a 10-year-old boy who died after collapsing while out playing in the snow.

Joshua Houlgate, who is understood to have suffered from epilepsy when he was younger, was taken ill outside a friend's house in Castleford, West Yorkshire, on Sunday. Despite frantic attempts to save him, he was pronounced dead in hospital.

Julie Murray, headteacher at Smawthorne Henry Moore Primary School, Castleford, said: "We are very saddened by the tragic death of Joshua and send our sincere sympathies to his family and friends.

"Joshua held a very special place in our hearts. He was a much-loved pupil who was well liked by his friends and all the staff at school. We have held a special assembly which gave us all the opportunity to come together to pray for Joshua and his family."

Joshua's mother Sara Houlgate, 35, and others battled to save the youngster before paramedics took him to Pinderfields Hospital, in Wakefield, where he was pronounced dead. Mrs Houlgate told the Yorkshire Evening Post it appeared her son had a fit.

Meanwhile, Britain's big freeze shows little sign of relenting with sub-zero temperatures set to bring more misery to commuters up and down the country in the coming days.

Motorists taking to the roads have been warned to expect hazardous driving conditions again with ice and freezing fog forecast across parts of the UK.

Further flurries of snow could also fall in some parts of England with experts predicting a temperature low of -10C at night as the shivering spell of weather continues to sweep in from Siberia.

Victoria Kettley, forecaster for MeteoGroup, said: "Tuesday night is going to be mostly clear and dry but bitterly, bitterly cold. Across much of England and Wales we will see temperatures dropping to between -4C and -8C and in local spots it could get as low as -10C overnight."

Six severe weather alerts are in place warning of ice on untreated roads and pavements across much of northern, central and eastern England. Issuing yellow alerts, which urge people to "be aware", the Met Office said the public should be aware of "risk of disruption to travel".


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