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Last Updated: Sunday, 2 January, 2005, 17:02 GMT
Gales and snowy conditions 'ease'
Snow in North Yorkshire on Sunday - PA/John Giles
Parts of northern England and Scotland woke up to snow
Storms across the north of England that led to the death of a young boy are abating, forecasters have said.

The Met Office said winds which reached over 70mph overnight were still gusting to gale-force in some areas, but had been easing throughout Sunday.

Snow and sleet showers over hills in Scotland were expected to turn to rain during the evening, a forecaster added.

Timothy Sutton, aged eight, was killed by a falling tree in Greater Manchester on Saturday as storms hit the region.

The BBC Weather Centre said while conditions had become milder, "wind will be a feature of the coming week."

Hospital treatment

Timothy Sutton died at Dunham Park, Altrincham, Cheshire. His two-year-old sister Bethany, mother Julie, 37, and brother, Jamie, 19, were injured.

Julie Sutton suffered a fractured knee and ankle and Jamie received cuts to his head and neck.

Timothy Sutton, aged eight

They were taken to Trafford General Hospital, while Bethany escaped with a cut to her leg.

The family, from Urmston, were walking in the park following a New Year's Day lunch at a nearby pub with other relatives when the 100ft tree was blown down by high winds.

Police said the group had started to hear trees creaking around them before one cracked and fell.

Timothy's aunt, Claire Fitzpatrick, 31, said her nephew "was a fun-loving rascal who we all loved dearly".

The park was closed on Sunday while tree surgeons made the area safe.



SEE ALSO:
Family devastated by boy's death
02 Jan 05 |  Manchester
Crews gear up for winter weather
27 Dec 04 |  North Yorkshire


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