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Severe winds damage Chalgrove village shop

Wind damaged shop in Chalgrove
Image caption The store, on Chalgrove's High Street, was damaged at about 10:30 GMT

Parts of a village shop in Oxfordshire have been reduced to rubble after high winds hit the county.

The shop, in Chalgrove, is thought to have been damaged in gale-force winds and torrential rain at about 10:30 GMT.

Jo Donoghue, from Chalgrove Parish Council, said: "My son was in the shop at approximately 9am this morning so it is quite shocking to see it now."

The shop, formerly a Costcutter, is next to the post office on the village's High Street.

Elsewhere in the county, Oxfordshire County Council said a fallen tree near Goring Station was removed by its highways department.

A truck was also turned on to its side on the A34 southbound carriageway between Marcham and West Ilsley.

Samantha O'Connor, from Southern Electric Power Distribution, said the weather had caused fallen power lines throughout the region.

She added: "We are continuing to monitor the weather situation and put into action our well-rehearsed response for such conditions."

She said that there were about 8,500 properties in Berkshire and Oxfordshire without power.

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