By David Aspinall
Freak storms in York brought giant hailstones the size of golf balls that made holes in roofs.
Ross Hewitt was caught in the bizarre weather phenomenon walking down James Street which bombarded him with sharp icy objects.
Battering the vehicles and tarmac in a nearby car park, the digital marketing MD had to take cover.
After taking one of the stones to the head, Ross picked it up and shows it to the camera as it takes a prominent position in the palm of his hand.
Ross said: “It was jaw dropping.
“I was walking to the car when it started and had one hailstone ping off the top of my head.
“It stung like hell.
“I have never seen anything like it in the UK before, the size of them ranged from garden peas up to golf balls.
“The larger ones had even lost their round shape and become jagged and spikey.
“Overall, the deluge lasted for 90 minutes, coming it three spells.
“Less than 20 minutes after it had stopped though, there was sunshine, and the ice was all gone.”