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Your Morning Briefing

18/01/2019 News desk

Good morning. Here’s what you need to know to start your day with our daily briefing, compiled by Zoya Thomas.

Britons wake up to sub-zero temperatures as deep freeze bites

Temperatures this morning across Britain have plummeted to a brutal -10C as a vicious deep freeze continues. More snow fell overnight, particularly in higher ground and rural areas, and yellow weather warnings remain in place for large sections of the UK. Surfaces are icy and conditions are hazardous in some regions, particularly for driving and walking. (Mirror)

Barrister pulled 'shaken' Prince Philip from overturned car after crash

A barrister has told how he pulled the “very shocked” Duke of Edinburgh from his Land Rover after it overturned in a crash. Prince Philip, 97, walked away unharmed from the collision between his Land Rover and a Kia on Thursday. But witness Roy Warne, 75, said the royal was left “very shocked and shaken” following the smash near the Sandringham Estate. (Evening Standard)

Boris Johnson to make major Brexit speech

Boris Johnson claims now is the time to "use Brexit to unite the country", in a major speech which will be seen as the latest move in his Tory leadership campaign. In a "wide-ranging speech", a label widely seen by MPs as code for a leadership bid, Mr Johnson will urge the government to focus on the "issues that drove Brexit". (Sky News) Meanwhile, Nigel Farage has urged Leave campaigners to prepare for a second referendum as Britain’s Brexit deadlock continues. (Press Association)

SAS hero of Kenya terror attack 'in line to receive George Cross'

The SAS soldier who saved “dozens of lives” in the Nairobi hotel massacre is in line to receive the George Cross for his “remarkable bravery”. The trooper was off-duty when he dashed to the scene of intense fighting after Islamist terrorists laid siege to the DusitD2 five-star hotel. At least 21 people were killed in a drawn-out assault that saw hundreds of civilians trapped in the hotel complex. (The Telegraph)

In Depth: The £14m Battle of Hastings

On a crisp winter’s day, the residents of Hastings enjoyed nothing better than strolling along the resort’s Victorian pier and gazing out at its panoramic views of the English Channel. But last Saturday, there was an angry protest of about 250 people stretched out in a line from the padlocked wrought-iron gates along the promenade. The object of their ire was the pier’s new owner, self-styled ‘Sheikh’ Abid Gulzar. (Daily Mail)

Video of the day: Bear goes for dip in swimming pool

Bruiser needs to be scolded when he starts chewing into the side of his pool. (Rumble)

On this day 

Photograph of Captain Robert Falcon Scott (1868-1912) a British Royal Navy officer and explorer of the Antarctic regions. © Getty Photograph of Captain Robert Falcon Scott (1868-1912) a British Royal Navy officer and explorer of the Antarctic regions. 1912: Britain's Robert Scott and his team reach the South Pole only to discover that Norway's Roald Amundsen had been there a month earlier, winning their undeclared race to discover the southernmost point on the globe. Exceptionally bad weather will imperil Scott's return, and the entire party will perish. (Bing)

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