Heavy rain followed by rapidly dropping temperatures is creating slippery conditions on provincial highways. The province was salting roads but due to the drop in temperatures they were freezing again immediately after the salt was applied. Transportation officials are now also sanding the roads to provide traction. It is taking longer than usual to cover all plow routes due to the difficult conditions. Conditions are deteriorating from south to north across the province. Drivers should reduce speed and use extra caution. -30-
Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to Russia, Udayanga Weeratunga, was detained in Dubai while on transit to the United States.An INTERPOL warrant had been issued against Weeratunga over his alleged involvement in the controversial MiG aircraft deal. The Police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) said that Weeratunga is to be brought to Sri Lanka by a special team. (Colombo Gazette)
The statement from Lydia read: “Our family are devastated at the loss of Tracey and Pierce. They were extremely loved by all of their family and friends.”Pierce was a fun-loving, friendly and happy boy, who loved computer games and made everyone smile.”Tracey was loving, caring and a wonderful mother and daughter. Always putting others before herself.”The family did not provide refuge for homeless people and Aaron Barley had never lived at the family home but had been assisted by the family in the past 12 months.”We would like to express our gratitude to the emergency services, and to thank hospital staff for their excellent care. “We would appreciate privacy and respect during this distressing time.”Mrs Wilkinson, 50, was pronounced dead at her home in Greyhound Lane, Stourbridge, after suffering stab injuries, while her son died after being taken to hospital. Lydia Wilkinson was comforted by her boyfriend and his parents as she read dozens of message cards on floral tributes left by friends of her mother Tracey and brother Pierce. Flower tributes outside the Wilkinson’s family home in Stourbridge, West MidlandsCredit:PA A student whose mother and 13-year-old brother died after being stabbed at their family home has visited the scene to lay flowers in their memory. Mrs Wilkinson, 50, was pronounced dead at her home in Greyhound Lane, Stourbridge, after suffering stab injuries, while her son Pierce was pronounced dead after being taken to hospital. Her husband Peter, 47, remains in a critical but stable condition after being found with stab wounds in his back garden.They were found injured when emergency services attended their home at about 8am on Thursday. Shocked locals described the family as “Good Samaritans with hearts of gold”. The 18-year-old, a student at Bristol University, crouched down as she looked at flowers laid on the pavement and against walls on both sides of a police tent which remains outside her home in Stourbridge, West Midlands.After her visit on Sunday morning, Lydia issued a statement paying tribute to Tracey and Pierce. Colin Elcock, a local Tory councillor, told how they had taken in a young man since Christmas and had proudly claimed he was making great progress.The ward councillor said: “They took in a homeless person who was a local and Peter found him a job at his company.”Tracey certainly looked after him with food and that kind of thing and Peter was very pleased to say they were helping him become a member of society again.”We’re hoping that Peter will of course pull through.”Another local claimed they had made the gesture after spotting a young man begging.He said: “They were a very charitable couple, they were Good Samaritans and Tracey had a heart of gold.”It doesn’t surprise me at all that they would open up their home to somebody in need and provide them with a roof over their head. It was just in their nature. They were just so kind.” They were found injured when emergency services attended their home at about 8am on Thursday.Barley, of no fixed address, is accused of the murders of Pierce and Mrs Wilkinson, and the attempted murder of her husband Peter.The 23-year-old was not asked to enter pleas when he appeared before magistrates in Birmingham on Saturday. He is due to appear at the city’s Crown Court on Monday. Lydia Wilkinson, the daughter of stabbing victims Peter and Tracey Wilkinson, views floral tributes at her family home in Stourbridge, West MidlandsCredit:PA Our family are devastated at the loss of Tracey and Pierce. They were extremely loved by all of their family and friendsLydia Wilkinson It confirmed that the man accused of their murders, Aaron Barley, had been helped by the family in the past year.Barley, 23, had also been supported by a local church after falling on hard times.He was assisted into Birmingham Magistrates Court by three police officers in head gear and wore a sling around his right arm. Lydia Wilkinson, the daughter of stabbing victims Peter and Tracey Wilkinson, views floral tributes at her family home in Stourbridge, West MidlandsCredit:PA Piers Wilkinson (left) was found along with his mother Tracey in their house on Greyhound Lane, Stourbridge, this morning. His father, 47-year-old Peter (right), is still in hospitalCredit:Caters News Aaron Barley, 23, appeared before Birmingham magistrates court charged with the murders of Tracey Wilkinson, 50, and her 13-year-old son PierceCredit:BPM Media Shocked locals described the family as good Samaritans who had opened their home to a homeless person around Christmas. Lydia Wilkinson, the daughter of stabbing victims Peter and Tracey Wilkinson, views floral tributes at her family home in Stourbridge, West MidlandsCredit:PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.