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Storms disrupt trains and power supplies in East Anglia

Lightning over Cambridgeshire looking towards Papworth
Image caption Lightning damaged railway signalling equipment and knocked out power

Train services throughout East Anglia are slowly returning to normal after being severely disrupted by storms.

Greater Anglia services between Norwich and Ipswich were suspended for part of the morning after a lightning strike at Manningtree in Essex.

This caused delays and cancellations for the whole of the mainline between Norwich and London Liverpool Street.

Lightning also damaged signalling equipment between Manea and March in Cambridgeshire.

Passengers travelling between Ipswich and Cambridge via Ely faced delays and cancellations.

Those services are now also returning to normal, though some disruption remains.

Airport affected

Thunderstorms were also believed to have caused a power cut at Stansted Airport in Essex.

Departure screens and the internal transit railway that ferries passengers to and from departure gates were affected and there were some delays to flights.

An airport spokesman said flights were back to normal but were advising passengers to allow extra time for their journey.

About 3,000 electricity customers in Wickford, Essex lost their power supplies after a fault on the electricity distribution network developed following a storm in the area.

UK Power Networks said everybody now had their power restored.

A house in Elsworth Road, Boxworth, was struck by lightning in the early hours, setting fire to the three-storey building.

The fire affected all three floors, although no-one is believed to have been hurt.

In Northamptonshire, fire crews were called to a house in Hartwell that had been hit by lightning.

The blaze took hold in the roof of the property, in Folly Lane. The roof was severely damaged and the house smoke damaged.

In Norfolk, Anglian Water said storms had caused a power failure at Buckden pumping station, meaning an interruption to some supplies and low water pressure.

The company said it was working to fix the problems.

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