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Need To Know: Disruption as Storm Gareth batters UK

■ Disruption as Storm Gareth batters UK

STORM Gareth’s strong gales and heavy rain have been causing disruption, with rail and road links across the country affected.

The Met Office has issued two yellow warnings for high winds covering Northern Ireland, Wales, most of England and the west coast of Scotland.

Gusts of up to 75mph were recorded in Scotland last night, while winds of over 60mph were seen widely across western parts of the UK in the early hours of today.

Transport links were at risk of being impacted as the squally weather blows through.

Commuters using trains in Wales, Scotland, the north of England and East Anglia were warned that services could be disrupted by high winds during the morning rush hour, with speed restrictions in place across a wide area. Some train services were cancelled in the north east and north west

Dozens of flood alerts have been issued by the Environment Agency in England, including two warnings for the River Ouse at York.

The storm is expected to have moved out into the North Sea by this evening, although another band of wet and windy weather is expected to arrive from the west tonight.

■ Judge slams Katie Price for failing to attend court

A JUDGE has criticised Katie Price for failing to turn up to court accused of threatening behaviour outside a school.

The former glamour model was due to appear at Crawley Magistrates’ Court this morning but was out of the country.

The 40-year-old, who lives in Dial Post near Horsham, West Sussex, is facing two charges of using threatening and abusive words or behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress in the nearby village of Shipley on September 6 last year.

Sussex Police said there had been a verbal altercation outside a primary school.

District Judge Amanda Kelly said: ‘She hasn’t bothered to turn up today. Apparently she has something more important to do.

‘This shows a lack of respect for the whole court system.’

Price is due back in the country on March 18, the court heard, so the case was adjourned until 10am on March 20.

■ ‘Climbers would have known nothing about avalanche’

ONE of the rescuers who took part in the Ben Nevis avalanche operation has said the climbers would not have known anything about it as it happened so quickly.

Donald Paterson described the conditions on Monday as ‘pretty horrific’.

The deputy team leader of Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team (pictured) said the four casualties — including three who died — had ‘just been unlucky’ but urged people to look at forecasts and other available information before heading for the peaks.

He said: ‘It was described as huge, from the avalanche forecaster, who spotted it from a side angle.

‘He spotted a plume of snow in the air, so (they would have been) partially airborne at some point.

‘Obviously, the volume of snow was massive. The people involved would not have known anything about it, because it happened so quickly.

‘It is literally your luck on the day.’

■ Tina Malone avoids jail over Bulger killer Facebook post

ACTRESS Tina Malone has narrowly avoided jail after she admitted breaching an injunction protecting the identity of James Bulger killer Jon Venables by sharing a post on social media.

The High Court heard that she shared a post on Facebook in February last year which purportedly included an image and the new name of Venables.

She was handed an eight-month suspended sentence by Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett today.

Malone’s barrister Adam Speker told the court that, on reflection after giving evidence, the 56-year-old accepted that she was in breach of the injunction.

He said she understood that Venables had been given anonymity for his protection.

The Shameless star (pictured above) told the court she was not aware that she was doing anything wrong when she shared the post.

A court order was made ‘against the world’ in 2001 which bans the publication of anything that purports to reveal the identities of Venables and Robert Thompson.

They have been living anonymously with new identities since being released from a life sentence for the kidnap, torture and murder of James in 1993, when they were both aged 10.

■ Deadly shooting at school in Brazil

HOODED teenagers have opened fire at a school in southern Brazil, killing six people before taking their own lives, according to local authorities.

The shooting happened in a public school in Suzano, a suburb of Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest city.

The state government of Sao Paulo said two youths armed with guns and wearing hoods entered the school and began shooting at students and then killed themselves.

Authorities said five students and an administrator at the school were killed.

School shootings are rare in the country.