High winds disrupt power

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ELECTRICITY to 2,000 homes was disrupted after strong winds blew over power lines.

An 11,000 volt cable was brought down by high winds in High Street, Long Melford, at around 10.30am on Tuesday.

The cable fell into nearby trees, which then caught fire.

Workmen from UK Power Networks were called to isolate the cable, before fire crews from Long Melford and Sudbury tackled the tree fires.

Tracey Sparling, a spokeswoman for UK Power Networks, said that engineers were working to repair the overhead power line.

“The damage, caused by high winds, was reported to us by the fire service at 10.50am and had interrupted supplies to about 2,000 properties,” she said.

“Supplies were restored to most customers in stages, with 85 customers left without power. These supplies were restored as quickly as possible once the repair was completed.”