Kent

Dozens of homes in Maidstone without electricity again

The QEII bridge at the Dartford crossing
Image caption The QEII bridge at the Dartford Crossing was closed due to high winds earlier

Dozens of homes that had no electricity over Christmas have been cut off again after "a number" of trees fell on an overhead power line.

UK Power Networks said the trees came down in Grafty Green, near Maidstone, Kent in the early hours of Monday.

A spokesman said 39 homes had no electricity. The trees are being removed so supplies can be restored.

The company said four other properties without power since 23 December had been reconnected.

The 39 affected properties did have their power restored, but have been cut off again.

A company spokesman said: "We understand how difficult it is to be without electricity and apologise for the inconvenience caused."

Tens of thousands of homes across the south east of England, north Wales and Cumbria were left without electricity over the past week because of damage caused by storms.

Alexandr Prisyazhnyuk, 41, who lives three miles north of Canterbury, earlier said he still had no power after trees fell on cables two days before Christmas.

Mr Prisyazhnyuk found his home had been cut off after returning from a family holiday, and was forced to relocate to a hotel with his wife and three children.

Speaking earlier, he said: "It's pretty bad, I would say, as I haven't had any response from the power company, and all the time they just promise to restore power and they haven't."

Meanwhile, the QEII bridge at the Dartford Crossing has reopened after it was closed due to high winds.

Diversions were in place during the closure and drivers faced long delays on the Essex and Kent stretch of the M25.

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