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Last Updated: Thursday, 1 January, 2004, 16:26 GMT
Bad weather causes power cut
electricity pylons
High winds and snow have damaged power lines
About 25,000 homes in Cumbria were left without electricity as bad weather swept across the county.

Gale force winds and heavy snow brought down power lines on New Year's Eve.

It meant areas around Sedburgh, Ambleside and Shap in the south of the county were affected and also households north of Penrith.

A spokesman for United Utilities said most households should have had power restored during Thursday morning.

He said engineers have been working to restore the supply but many of the power lines are inaccessible by vehicles which has hampered work to repair them.

On Thursday afternoon, United Utilities said 900 customers were still without electricity and some may not have their supplies restored until the evening.

Cumbria Police said there were no serious incidents during the New Year celebrations.

It is thought the bad weather may have discouraged people from going out.

Sleet, snow and gale force winds meant some roads had to be closed.

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