The Thames Sailing Club is in mourning after some heartless yobs decapitated the newest club member, Frostie the snowman, last night

While snow covered much of the country and the capital came to a virtual standstill yesterday, members of the Thames Sailing Club , who were obviously saddened not to be able to make it into the office or school, set to work creating a 10ft snowman, which they named Frostie.

However, during the night poor Frostie (pictured in happier times) was decapitated by persons unknown and the club now plans to hold a wake in his memory in the club bar.

Yesterday the country experienced the worst snowfall in 18 years and the Met Office is now predicting that the greatest risk of further snow will be across northern Scotland, Wales and south-western parts of England and the south coast through today, causing hazardous conditions.

Helen Chivers, forecaster for the Met Office, said, “Although many parts of Britain will have a brighter day today and tomorrow, further showers can be expected, especially in more western areas, with a wintry mix of rain, sleet or snow.

“It is forecast to remain cold across Britain with the risk of further heavy snowfall for central parts of England and Wales later in the week.”