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North of England wind warning in place

Tree resting on overhead power lines in Hessay, York Image copyright EPA/LINDESEY PARNABY
Image caption A tree was blown on to overhead power lines in Hessay, York, on Saturday

A yellow wind warning is in place for the north of England on Monday, as disruption from the weekend dies down.

The Met Office said gusts of up to 70 mph were likely across the North East, North West and Yorkshire.

It comes after high winds caused widespread travel disruption and power cuts in the region on Friday and Saturday.

Previous yellow warnings of ice and snow in the North on Sunday are no longer in place.

But forecasts indicate it will become increasingly wet across the North on Sunday night and into Monday.

Power was cut off to 2,500 properties in Northumberland, County Durham and Yorkshire on Saturday after weather affected the supply.

Among them were 87 properties in York cut off when a tree was blown on to overhead power cables.

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Image caption Police sealed off surrounding streets after the statue on top of the Sunderland Empire theatre fell over

Northern Powergrid restored power after putting extra engineers in place, the company said.

Roads were closed on Saturday, including a stretch of the A1(M) in North Yorkshire, and others were restricted to high-sided vehicles, after lorries and trees were blown over.

There were also train delays between Preston and Carlisle.

In Sunderland, a statue on the roof of the Empire theatre toppled over and was left on its side hanging from its base 90ft (27m) from the ground.

The theatre has had to cancel performances while the statue remains insecure and surrounding streets are cordoned off.

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