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Helicopter patrols check cables

Helicopters are to be used to check miles of overhead power lines across Leicestershire and Rutland.

Central Networks, which distributes electricity across central England, is using the patrols to spot potential hazards and any maintenance issues.

Engineers will also be on the look-out for trees growing into overhead lines, which can cause problems in stormy weather.

The checks, which are dependent on the weather, will start on 27 April.



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