BRITS who battled -4C polar winds this week have been warned up to 12 inches of snow is set to fall this weekend.
The icy conditions which caused havoc on the roads this morning, are expected to continue until Sunday evening when wintry showers could turn into snowflakes.
Getty Images – Getty Brits should expect a frosty weekend as forecasters expect more snow to blanket the nation
The Met Office launched several weather warnings which will remain in place until January 21 at around 6pm.
Drivers have been urged to stay off the roads as freezing temperatures grip the UK.
Forecasters warned there is a chance of power cuts, while some rural communities may be cut off.
Warning of snow and ice, the forecaster said snow showers will become heavier and more frequent throughout January 19 after a very cold night.
Alamy Live News Lennoxtown was blanketed in heavy snow this morning, making picturesque scenes and transport chaos
Mercury Press The Met Office expects the blankets of snow to affect much of Scotland by Sunday evening
SWNS:South West News Service Police in Scotland urged people to get home early before difficult weather conditions began to settle
SWNS:South West News Service As snow fell in Scotland, traffic on the M* in West Lothian piled up
Icy patches on untreated roads and pavements could create transport cancellations in central parts of Scotland and leave some dealing with power cuts.
Wintry showers will ease in northern England overnight into Saturday as frost settles. But in the south western corners of the UK, conditions will turn slightly more wet and windy.
Alamy Live News Brits who struggled to deal with the polar winds this week should brace themselves for more frost and ice over the weekend
PA:Press Association A postman struggles to deliver mail in blizzard conditions near Doune, Central Scotland
Geoff Robinson This sports car was completely wrecked by Storm Fionn’s wrath on Thursday
BackGrid Truckers struggled to drive in Hartlepool on Thursday as heavy showers hit the region
This chilly forecast comes hours after Scotland police urged people to get home early before the worst weather conditions braced the country.
Transport Minister Humza Yousaf joined in the warnings but with specific time frames, urging people not to travel between 3pm and 10pm in central and southern Scotland.
When Is World Book Day 2018? Easy Ideas For Costumes And How To Use The Book Tokens Revealed
World Book Day is the annual celebration of reading that encourages kids to put down their mobile phones and computers and pick up a book.
Celebrated for more than 20 years, World Book Day sees authors, illustrators and readers alike celebrate literature and dress up as their favourite characters. Here’s all you need to know about the event – and some crucial last-minute costume ideas…
Alamy World Book Day is a children’s celebration of books and reading and takes place in more than 100 countries
When is World Book Day 2018?
In the UK and Ireland, World Book Day 2018 will be celebrated on Thursday, March 1.
In other countries it is marked on April 23, the day of William Shakespeare’s birth.
However, in the UK and Ireland it is always celebrated on the first Thursday of March.
The date was decided so it does not interfere with religious holidays, school term times and any other charitable activities.
What happens on World Book Day?
The aim of World Book Day is to celebrate books and reading and is marked in a total of 100 countries around the world.
Both primary schools and secondary schools up and down the country take part as a way of encouraging children to see reading as a hobby.
Many schools run special activities to show how reading books can be fun and to allow kids to discover new authors.
Alamy One of the ways World Book Day is marked is when children go to school dressed as their favourite literary characters
One of the most well-known activities on World Book Day is when children are invited to go to school dressed as their favourite literary character.
From Harry Potter to Willy Wonka and Mary Poppins, some parents outdo themselves in the brilliant costumes they make for their little ones.
Also World Book Day provides children with the opportunity to buy a book of their own.
Each school pupil from five to 18 is given a £1 token they can redeem against a whole range of paperbacks or audio books.
What are the best and easiest character costumes to make?
Kids might love it, but for parents, getting the right costume ready for World Book Day can be a pain.
With the pressure on, some parents spend a whole lot of time and money transforming their little ones into their favourite book characters.
And some of the best often go viral on social media, including the little boy who dressed as Hagrid from Harry Potter and another youngster dressing as Roald Dahl’s BFG last year.
But for mums and dads who maybe don’t have the time (or patience), there are a host of easy costume ideas.
Alamy Four-year-old Isabelle dresses as Where’s Wally for World Book Day, one of the easiest costumes to make
For example, you could dress your youngster in a duffel coat, hat and wellington boots and transform them into Paddington Bear.
A Where’s Wally costume only requires a stripy jumper, bobble hat and a pair of fake glasses.
While an easy costume for girls is Pippy Longstocking as you will only need a pair of stripy socks, a dress, and then to plait the hair in pigtails.
Where can you spend your World Book Day tokens?
In partnership with schools, World Book Day organisers will be handing out over 15 million £1 book tokens – which is one for almost every child or young person under 18 in the UK or Ireland.
Those with book tokens can swap them in book shops for one of the ten new World Book Day books – which include a John Green title, an Avengers story and a Paddington tale.
The children’s books will be free with a token, and the teen titles will only cost £1.50 when used with one.
Alternatively, they can be used to get £1 off any full price book instead.
Fraudster Admits He Can Make £100k-a-month Conning Brits Out Of Their Money In Phishing Scam
A PHISHING fraudster has admitted he can earn as much as a Premier League footballer by conning Brits out of their money.
The scamster can take home up to £100,000 a month, while even a “bad month” can see £20,000 stolen from victims.
The scamster – named Peter – can take home as much as £100,000 a month, while even a ‘bad month’ can see £20,000 stolen from victims
And incredibly, the masked con artist – who calls himself Peter – insists: “What we’re doing is good”.
The remarkable admission was caught in Channel 5 series Undercover: Nailing The Fraudsters presented by Paul Connolly.
Through a fixer, the Irish journalist was able to nail down one prolific fraudster who admits making “stupid money” from the racket.
And in shocking detail he reveals an intricate web of fraud using schoolkids’ bank accounts and unwitting Brits’ Facebook profiles.
The remarkable admission was caught in Channel 5 series Undercover: Nailing The Fraudsters presented by Paul Connolly, left
Describing the ‘bingo’ moment an account is accessed, Peter adds that one of his fraudster peers has been able to steal £500,000 from one account without repercussion
He tells Connolly: “Some people like to work at a desk. We chose to do F [fraud].
“Anyone can fall for it, you would think elderly, but it’s people in their 20s, in their 30s. Anyone”
“What you need to understand is that people get their money back.
“We’re taking money from the big banks.
Peter describes how phone scamster can convince their victims to enter banks details into fake versions of High Street banks’ websites.
Top tips to avoid phishing scams
Thousands of Brits are caught out by phishing scams every year.
Here’s the Citizen’s Advice Bureau’s advice on how you can spot one.
create passwords which are long, unique and use a mix of random numbers and lower and upper case letters – and change them regularly use antivirus software and keep it up to date so you’ll be protected against the most recent viruses don’t open suspicious or unknown emails, email attachments, texts or pop up messages – for example an email with an unusually worded subject heading before entering payment card details on a website, make sure the link is secure – a secure browswer should have a padlock symbol in your url field If you’ve opened a scam email don’t reply to it and don’t click on any links or pictures, or open any attachments If you’ve already clicked on a link and opened a website, don’t give any personal information
How to spot a phishing scam
the sender’s email or web address is different to the genuine organisation’s addresses the email is sent from a completely different address or a free web mail address like Hotmail or Gmail the email does not use your proper name, but uses a non-specific greeting such as ‘dear customer’ the email threatens that unless you act immediately your account may be closed you’re asked for personal information, such as your username, password or bank details the email contains spelling and grammatical errors the image contains a link to a bogus website the entire text of the email is contained within an image rather than text format you weren’t expecting to get an email from the company that appears to have sent it
Once account numbers and sort codes have been obtained, they will scan a victim’s Facebook for the personal details needed to pass security questions during telephone banking.
And once access has been gained to an account, money is transferred into a series of accounts in small sums.
Shockingly, Peter claims money is often siphoned off into the bank accounts of schoolchildren in a bid to launder the money.
The cash is then divided between the fraud gang.
Describing the “bingo” moment an account is accessed, he adds that one of his fraudster peers has been able to steal £500,000 from an account without repercussion.
Euromillions Results For Tuesday February 20 – Was The Lottery Won Last Night And Where Can I Check My Ticket Numbers?
TUESDAY night’s £141million EuroMillions draw had no jackpot winner – so it rolls over to a massive £154million on Friday.
It could catapult one lucky punter to the second biggest prize ever in Britain. Here’s what you need to know.
AFP – Getty Nobody won Tuesday’s £141m Euromillions draw, so the prize will be even bigger on Friday
Did anyone win the EuroMillions draw on Tuesday?
The Euromillions draw on Tuesday February 20 had an estimated jackpot of £141million.
If a British ticket won it would have been the third biggest ever lottery prize in the UK.
But no one matched all five numbers and two lucky stars.
Although no one scooped the top prize, there were also two UK Millionaire Maker raffle winners.
Six tickets, including four in the UK, matched five numbers and one lucky star. They each won £169,512.60.
Seven British punters won £11,280.40 each for matching five numbers.
The smallest prize, for matching two numbers, was £2.60.
In total 700,962 UK tickets won prizes totalling £5,597,142.20.
How can I check if I’ve won the EuroMillions?
The numbers drawn on Tuesday were 06, 14, 19, 25 and 29. The lucky stars were 05 and 11.
You can check results for any draw in the last six months at the National Lottery’s Check My Numbers website.
Or you can go to any shop that sells Lottery tickets. They will scan yours and tell you if it’s a winner.
James Glossop – The Times Glasgow Colin and Chris Weir won £161million on the EuroMillions in 2011 – the biggest lottery win in the UK
How much is the rollover jackpot on Friday?
The estimated jackpot for the EuroMillions draw on Friday February 23 is £154million.
And it may be higher as millions rush to buy tickets in a lotto frenzy.
If a Brit wins it would be the second biggest ever prize in this country.
Scots couple Colin and Chris Weir won £161million on the EuroMillions in 2011 – the biggest lottery win in the UK.
Among their first purchases were a checked sports jacket, a computer and a tractor.
They also splashed out on a mansion near Largs but then traded it up for an even bigger pad in Troon.
The second winners biggest so far were Adrian and Gillian Bayford who split after scooping £148million in 2012.
Ex-postie Adrian has reinvented himself as a farmer and keeps cattle on the front lawn of his £6million country house in Suffolk.
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