A1068 road at Warkworth closed and homes without electricity after tree fall

A MAIN route through Northumberland was closed and homes left without electricity after a tree fell on power cables.

Workmen on the A1068 in Warkworth after a tree has fell onto power lines. Photo by Steve Miller

A MAIN route through Northumberland was closed and homes left without electricity after a tree fell on power cables.

The A1068 at Warkworth was shut for several hours and 17 houses in the village were left without electricity after the elm tree fell on the overhead lines.

The tree, on private land, hit the lines, which cross the A1068 north of the village, some time before 4.45am. The cables and the pole which carry them were damaged by the falling tree and both needed replacing.

Northumbria Police and Northumberland County Council attended and the road was officially closed, with traffic diverted Shilbottle.

Teams had to wait until the electricity had been switched off before they could begin work to remove the tree.

Northern Powergrid attended and turned off power to 17 homes at Birling at 9am, to allow the tree to be removed and them to safely work on replacing the lines and pole.

The tree was removed by workers from the council and the power company later in the morning. The road reopened at 3pm.

The power supply was restored to 16 of the homes at 3.10pm, with the last remaining property back on at 4.10pm. The cause of the tree falling had not been established last night.

 
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