Businesswoman found dead in her garden is third English person to freeze to death
Published 08/02/2012 | 11:03
A 47-year-old woman has been found dead in freezing conditions in a snowy garden near her home. Her death follows those of a man and a boy earlier this week as freezing temperatures hit Northern England.
Champion cheese-maker Mandy Reed's body was discovered in the village of Scorton after a night out.
She is one of three people who have died in sub-zero, icy conditions in the north of England this week.
Mother-of-two Mrs Reed, 47, was found dead in a garden in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Mrs Reed ran a cheese company for 25 years after starting it with her husband David in 1987. Mr Reed died in 2005 aged 46.
A local councillor Martin Bearpack said Mrs Reed's death was a terrible tragedy, especially as her husband also died so young.
He said: ''I knew them both for a number of years and they were great entrepreneurs.
''It's such sad loss. She will be very much missed.
In Hull, a man believed to be in his 50s was found dead in a park.
Police were called to the park on Monday morning after the body was found by a dog walker.
He is thought to have frozen to death in temperatures which hit minus 7C in Hull on Sunday night.
In West Yorkshire, a 10-year-old boy was found collapsed outside a friend's house on Sunday after going out to play in the snow.
Joshua Houlgate, who is understood to have suffered from epilepsy when he was younger, was pronounced dead in hospital despite frantic efforts to save him at the scene.
A potentially treacherous mixture of snow, sleet and rain is set to sweep across much of the south of England from Thursday, causing fresh chaos. The UK Met Office warned temperatures in southern areas will struggle to remain above freezing throughout the week and into the weekend, with the mercury in some areas plunging overnight to as low as -13C.