A shop owner who was crushed to death when a tree fell on his car during Storm Ciara was today named.
Kenneth Macartney was driving home when the tree crashed down onto his Mercedes and killed him just before 4pm on February 9.
The 58-year-old, who owns a fashion shop, was heading home from Winchester, Hampshire, and was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on the nearby A33.
It comes as a man who plunged to his death on a Scottish mountain during Storm Dennis was also named by police – as five people have died as a result of this week’s weather.
Mr Macartney’s family – including wife Mandy and step-daughter Laura – today paid tribute to the Belfast-born man, who lived in Micheldever, a village near Winchester, saying he will be ‘sorely missed’.
Kenneth Macartney (pictured) was driving home when the tree crashed down onto his Mercedes c180k and killed him just before 4pm on February 9
In a statement, his family describes him as ‘passionate’ about his family as well as football and chocolate.
They said: ‘Ken was born in Belfast in 1961. He moved to England when he was 18 and pursued a career in retail.
‘He married in 2000 and has a wife Mandy and step daughter Laura. He was proud of Winchester, where he lived happily for 25 years.
‘He was passionate about his family, dogs, football and chocolate and he will be sorely missed by everybody that knew and loved him.’
Hampshire Constabulary said Mr Macartney’s family are being supported by specialist officers.
The scene where Kenneth Macartney, 58, died after a tree fell onto his car on the A33 between Winchester and Micheldever
The Prime Minister has resisted calls to chair a meeting of the Government’s emergency committee Cobra to tackle the flooding crisis, despite criticism from locals in the worst-affected areas (shown)
It comes as a man who died in a fall from a Scottish mountain in Storm Dennis has named by police as Richard Armstrong.
The 42-year-old, from Cumbria, plunged nearly 100ft from the path for 3278ft high Stob Ban on the south side of Glen Nevis in Lochaber on Sunday.
Police Scotland confirmed that he died as a result of the incident which reported shortly after 1pm as Storm Dennis raged.
Mr Armstrong was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was recovered in a six hour operation by the Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team.
Donald Paterson, deputy leader of Lochaber MRT, said Mr Armstrong was with a companion and guide – and were taking part in a winter hills training course.
He described the conditions as ‘horrendous’.
‘The winds were gusting over 50mph. I was knocked over twice. Some of my team were also knocked over too. There was snow, hail, wind and rain at lower levels. It was awful.
River levels remain high at the Worcester river gauge as a result of Storm Dennis. Consequently, flooding of property and roads is expected to continue
Britain is facing another day of widespread flooding and travel chaos in the wake of Storm Dennis as forecasters warned of a three-day deluge of rain and ice
‘In my opinion it is questionable that they (the guided party) should have been out in that weather, but ultimately it is their decision to make over the conditions,’ he said.
Police said a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.
Inspector Isla Campbell, of Fort William Police Station, said: ‘Our thoughts are with the man’s family and friends at this time.
‘I would also take the opportunity to thank our partner agencies for their assistance.’
Flood water surrounds Upton upon Severn in Worcestershire today. Boris Johnson is facing calls to declare a ‘national emergency’ with Britain facing another day of widespread flooding and travel chaos in the wake of Storm Dennis
Canoeists make their way towards Lidl in Monmouth, South Wales, today, dodging a ‘road closed sign’ in the aftermath of Storm Dennis
Stob Bàn is situated at the western end of the Mamores ridge, over three miles north-west of Kinlochleven.
Five people have died as result of Storm Dennis, with the family of Yvonne Booth, who was swept away by floodwater near Tenbury in Worcestershire on Sunday, saying they have been left ‘devastated’ after her body was found on Monday.
The 55-year-old, from the Great Barr area of Birmingham, was described as a ‘very much loved member of our family’ in a statement from relatives, released through police.
Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service said it had pulled one man from the River Teme at Eastham Bridge on Sunday morning, with a female casualty still unaccounted for as of about 4pm.
A man in his 60s also died on Sunday after being pulled from the River Tawe near Trebanos Rugby Club in Wales, but Dyfed-Powys Police said his death was not being linked to the bad weather.
The bodies of two men were pulled from rough seas off Kent on Saturday as the UK was struck by a storm for the second weekend in a row.