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Fallen trees in Leicestershire cause traffic chaos

High winds and heavy rain caused major traffic problems across parts of Leicestershire on Thursday.

According to police, about 30 motorists were stuck for more than an hour on the A46 near Six Hills when a tree fell blocking the road at 06:00 GMT.

The A6006 Far Street, in Wymeswold, was closed for several hours as crews worked to clear a fallen tree.

Western Power Distribution said about 10,000 homes in the East Midlands were without power at one point.

Electricity was restored to all but 500 properties by 17:30 GMT, according to the company.

Leicestershire Police urged drivers to take care as falling branches, rubbish bags and other debris were strewn across roads.

BBC traffic reports also said the Charnwood area of the county had been particularly badly affected by fallen trees.

In a statement, Leicestershire County Council (LCC) said: "Officers have been removing trees and debris from the county's roads this morning following strong winds last night.

"However, motorists are being warned to be extra vigilant, especially when driving around bends, and are asked to report any obstructions to the LCC customer services department."

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