Nine-year-old boy killed by falling tree

A nine-year-old boy has died and a man has been taken to hospital after a tree fell on them in Staffordshire when Storm Malik hit the northern parts of Britain.

Staffordshire Police said officers were called to a road in Winnothdale, near Tean, around 1 p.m. 13.00, where paramedics unsuccessfully tried to save the boy.

The man has been taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital, the force said.

It came just hours after a 60-year-old woman was killed by an upright tree in Aberdeen, according to Scotland police.

Winds of more than 100 mph have been reported in parts of Scotland, with widespread disruption to travel and power supplies.

Weather forecasts are in place throughout Scotland, northern England and parts of Northern Ireland for most of Saturday due to the strong winds and rain.

A Scotland spokesman said: “Rescue services were called to Deveron Road in Aberdeen around 10.30am on Saturday to report a sudden death to a 60-year-old woman.

“There are no suspicious circumstances. A report will now be sent to the Attorney General.”

From kl. 22 Saturday, the SSEN said around 23,000 households in Scotland were without power and the agency went over to “red alert” status.

On Saturday morning, Sean Batty, a meteorologist for the TV station STV, tweeted: “An extreme wind gust of 147 mph was recorded at the Cairngorm summit an hour ago.

“This is an incredible strength, but still some distance away from the record of 173 mph recorded back in 1986.”

Power lines broken

Power supplies and cell phone coverage have been affected, and Northern Powergrid says: “Storm Malik is disrupting our network as it continues to move across our area of ‚Äč‚Äčoperation.

“Our teams respond, restore power through alternative routes on our network where possible, assess damage, and coordinate repairs where conditions allow.”

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