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Wind and snow brings down cables


The snow has covered most of the east of England

Heavy snow and high winds have brought down power and telephone cables and closed schools in Norfolk.

Several thousand properties in more than 10 villages in north Norfolk have been without power since Thursday, with weather conditions hampering repairs.

The county council said its 52 gritters had been working around the clock to ensure the main routes were clear.

With more than 90 schools closed, pupils have been told they can start their holidays early.

Trains between Norfolk and London's Liverpool Street station have suffered delays and cancellations.

The Queen woke up to a snowy scene after she arrived at the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk for her Christmas holiday on Thursday.

A Norfolk Police spokesman said: "The west and north Norfolk have been the worst for the snow.

"She will have seen the brunt of it."

Inspector John Tacey said that the majority of A roads in the county are still open and there were no major crashes overnight.

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