Four dead as storms batter Britain

Four people died as a result of the storms and high winds that tore across Britain over the weekend.

Treacherous conditions on the roads caused by the relentless rain led to the deaths of 17-year-old girl on holiday in Wales, a motorcyclist travelling through North Yorkshire and a young couple from Plymouth.

A busy sporting calendar was brought to a standstill, while several rivers burst their banks as seven severe flood warnings were issued by the Environment Agency (EA).

In the village of Kirkley Mill, Northumberland, an RSPCA emergency team - called out to help some horses - found themselves rescuing a baby trapped in a car.

Spokeswoman Katie Geary said: "The horses were fine but when we got there we found a couple trying to get their baby out of a car. The door had been jammed - they were very relieved we were able to help."

Cumbria, Durham, Newcastle and North Yorkshire were among the worst-hit areas, an EA spokeswoman said.