A 64-year-old man has been rescued after a failed attempt to walk to safety from his home in the south of Scotland.
He had been without power for seven days in the house near Eskdalemuir when he tried to reach the nearest village.
After four hours of struggling through deep snow he had called for help.
Darkness had fallen on Sunday when Moffat Mountain Rescue Team arrived in the area.They spent two hours battling through drifts before finding him.
The man was eventually taken by 4x4 vehicle to Lockerbie.
Rescue team leader Shaun Duignan said:"This has been a busy week for the team with many team members working through the night to help stranded drivers and then a rescue closer to the expected role of a mountain rescue team, rescuing someone from a remote inaccessible location."
The team were called out again a few hours later to take part in an operation with Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team and Police Scotland to find two walkers on the Southern Upland Way.
The search for the walkers began at 00:10.They were eventually found, uninjured, at 05:30.
Throughout Sunday, heavy snow has caused travel chaos on roads in Scotland as motorists faced hazardous driving conditions as the weather deteriorated.
Five people were hurt in a two-car crash near the Glencoe Mountain Resort on the A82 on Sunday.
Local police asked drivers to avoid the area, who described the conditions in the area as "extremely poor".
At the height of the problems at Glencoe, the road was closed while police dealt with the aftermath of the accident.
By Monday morning, only two closures due to weather conditions were being reported.
At Lairg in the Highlands, the A836 was closed at the A839 junction on the Main Street.
The snow gates remained closed on the B974 between Banchory and Fettercairn.Image caption
On Sunday, drivers in the south-west were urged to "avoid unnecessary journeys" following a spate of road accidents.
Police said heavy snowfall across Dumfries and Galloway was causing problems on roads including the A75, which was blocked at the Glen for a short time.
Police later said it had been gritted and was "passable with care".
Heavy snow was also affecting the A76, the A701, the A709 and the A713 Castle Douglas - Ayr road, where there were a number of accidents.
Glasgow Airport was closed for a short time while the runway was cleared of snow.
Saturday night saw the coldest temperature recorded in the UK since February 14 2016, when -14.1C was recorded at Braemar.
Despite the frigid temperatures in the far north, the mercury rose to 11C in the far south west of England.
Met Office forecaster Steven Keate said the near 20C difference, caused as warmer air moves in, was "pretty unusual for the UK".
"The broad theme is it is turning milder from the west, but before we get there some snow will fall," he said....
What the weather warning colours meanImage copyright Reuters Image caption
- Yellow:Severe weather expected.Yellow means you should plan ahead thinking about possible travel delays, or the disruption of your day-to-day activities.
- Amber:Be prepared for disruption.There is an increased likelihood of bad weather affecting you, which could potentially disrupt your plans and possibly cause travel delays, road and rail closures, interruption to power and the potential risk to life and property.
- Red:Extreme weather is expected.Red means you should take action now to keep yourself and others safe from the impact of the weather.Widespread damage, travel and power disruption and risk to life is likely.You must avoid dangerous areas and follow the advice of the emergency services and local authorities.
Almost £500,000 has been paid out in compensation payments to motorists whose vehicles were damaged by potholes and other road defects in the past two years.
The figures, from the Department for Infrastructure (DfI), released under the Freedom of Information Act.
They confirm that between 1 January, 2016 and 30 November, 2017, a total of 1,935 vehicle damage claims concluded.
Compensation payments totalled £495,358.04.
DfI also released figures highlighting that in 2017 more than 78,000 surface defects were recorded on nearly 16,400 stretches of road across Northern Ireland.
Which is worst road?Image copyright Thomas O'Hanlon Image caption
The road with the largest number of defects (108) was a stretch from Summerhill-Cherry Road near Upper Dunmurry Lane on the outskirts of west Belfast.
This was followed by the Greenan Road (97) outside Warrenpoint and the Sixtowns Road (80) between Blackrock Road and Bealnamala Bridge near Magherafelt.
Roads expert Wesley Johnston said it would cost more than £1bn to fully reinstate the entire 25,000km (15,534 miles) road network.
However, with this year's maintenance budget totalling just £63m and with the latest cold snap creating new potholes, the problem looks likely to get worse.
"There is no doubt that as time goes on that the standard of the network and the surface of the roads is deteriorating," he said.Image caption
"It is getting worse progressively over time, because each year we are under spending on maintenance so that adds to that deficit.
"So each year another bit gets added to it.What we are really doing is creating a problem for people down the line.
"Sooner or later there is going to have to be some reckoning because we can't keep under spending year after year after year."
DfI confirmed its limited maintenance budget.Image copyright Thomas O'Hanlon Image caption
"The 17/18 structural maintenance budget is £63m," a spokesperson told the BBC.
"In 2016/17 the structural maintenance outturn was £88m and in 2015/16 was £54m.
"Public safety remains a key priority for the department and despite a challenging budgetary situation, the department has this year delivered a significant programme of resurfacing and surface dressing and continues to carry out a programme of routine maintenance, including pothole repairs and street lighting repairs, to meet all essential public safety requirements."
The spokesperson added that there "is a balance to be struck between building new roads and public transport provision and maintaining what we already have".
"The Department of Finance recently published a briefing paper which outlines the impact of a number of future budget scenarios and we would welcome comments," they said.
"Any decisions on budget allocation will be for a future Minister for Infrastructure."
It was announced last week that DfI will receive £8.1m to support roads structural maintenance and the procurement of new buses by Translink.
Amanda Calderwood drives daily to and from the County Antrim villages of Broughshane and Ballyclare.
She said her car has had two burst tyres in the last week due to potholes.
She is frustrated with the standard of the roads she has to drive on.Image caption
"I pass at least 10 to 12 potholes a day on my way to work," she said.
"You can avoid them sometimes but with the snow you can't always see them, it's impossible to avoid them.
"I'm out of money, I know I can claim it back, but I have been told to claim it back I have get out of the car and to take a picture of the pothole.
"One of the roads I drive on is the Colin Road in Ballyclare and there is no way, unless I had a death wish, that I would step out of the car to take a picture just to get £50 back," she added.Image caption
Karen McShane, chair of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, said going back six or seven years the budget for roads repairs was £100m per year, but that figure has been cut.
"What we have is a £35bn asset and, if this was something that you owned, as soon as something went wrong with it you'd repair it and get it right," she said.
"The problem is we don't have any ministers in place to make decisions to move money around to allow us to make those repairs.
"You mention a figure of £500,000 [in compensation] - what is the cost of a fatality?"Image caption
Alliance MLA Kellie Armstrong, who sat on the assembly's infrastructure committee, said:"The budget projections going forward means that instead of spending £100m we'll be lucky if we get £20m spent on our roads going forward.
"They're talking about turning off all street lights in another couple of years because we simply can't afford it - fixing potholes on rural roads, you can forget about that.
"We'll be talking about fixing only those roads that are the main trunk roads into urban areas." ...
The 54-year-old man arrested after eight-year-old Mylee Billingham was stabbed to death is understood to be her father.
West Midlands Police said Mylee died in hospital after being found seriously injured in Valley View in Brownhills, near Walsall, on Saturday evening.
Her father, believed to be Bill Billingham, is critically ill with a stab wound to the stomach.
A post-mortem examination for Mylee is scheduled to take place today....
- ^ Mylee died in hospital after being found seriously injured (www.bbc.co.uk)
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