A homeless man was found frozen to death after temperatures plummeted across the country last night claiming four lives in just 12 hours.

The dad was reportedly found dead in a flimsy tent he had been sleeping in close to Wakefield Cathedral.

His death comes after another man, who also believed to have died sleeping rough, was found collapsed in an alleyway behind a Hilton Hotel in Nottingham.

And in separate incidents, an unknown male and a teenager, were killed after being struck by lorries during foggy conditions.

In Wakefield temperatures hovered around -3 degrees on Tuesday night but in Braemar in Aberdeenshire they fell to -9.0 overnight making it the coldest night of autumn.

Below freezing temperatures are expected again tonight, as cold as -3C in parts of Scotland.

This evening, there will be cloud and patchy rain for western parts of England, Wales and Scotland. 

Police arrived this morning in Wakefield

The 57 year old, had been sleeping rough, moving from city to city in the North of England until settling in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.

Originally from Lithuania his friends said he was a popular man.

"A lot of local people knew him," said friend and fellow rough sleeper David Flowers, 47, said.

“He has been found in his tent and he’s thought to have died from hypothermia.”

David Flowers whose friend died overnight

Mr Flowers said the man had grown up children and parents back in Lithuania, where he had served in the army.

“He was a really, really good man and never did anything bad to anybody,” said Mr Flowers, wiping away tears.

“He didn’t claim any benefits, he did odd jobs and begged for money.

“It is really sad that.”

Mr Flowers would see the dad on a daily basis and spent time with him yesterday afternoon.

A man was found dead in an alleyway behind a hotel in Nottingham

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He said he regrets not checking the man's tent yesterday evening after he failed to meet up near the cathedral.

West Yorkshire Police officers have confirmed they were called to reports of a body found on Kirkgate just before 10am today.

Police say they believe there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

A file will be prepared and sent to the coroner.