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50,000 homes without electricity

Nearly 50,000 homes and businesses in England are without electricity after gales and ice brought down power lines.

Northern Powergrid said it was dealing with 40,000 buildings without power in County Durham and North Yorkshire, including 11,000 homes in Whitby.

In North Derbyshire, Western Power Distribution confirmed about 9,000 customers were without electricity.

Travellers were also warned to take care as snow on high ground was causing treacherous conditions.

A family with a 20-month-old baby were rescued from the A66 and taken to Barnard Castle police station.

The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for part of the north of England and the Midlands advising drivers to take care.