BREAKING NEWS: Tree comes down in Leverington - and takes power lines with it - in strong winds

A TREE has today come down in Leverington in strong winds - taking a power line with it and leaving a road blocked.

The 15ft tree came down at about 12.50pm in Dowgate Road, close to the Rising Sun pub. One of the entrances to the pub has been blocked as a result.

Officers from UK Power Networks and Cambridgeshire Highways - and a tree contractor - are at the scene clearing the road and inspecting the damage.

Local traffic diversions are in place.

A UK Power Networks spokesman said: “Engineers are working as quickly as safely possible to repair the damage after a tree came down on to overhead power lines. A single property is currently off supply.

“In these windy conditions if any member of the public comes across weather damaged power lines they should stay well away and alert UK Power Networks on 0800 783 8838 and also the police.”

Scotland and parts of England have been subject to a Met Office red alert warning today for winds as strong as 80mph.

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Fenland has, however, avoided the worst of it, with a maximum wind speed of 22.8mph recorded by Wisbechweather on Twitter, an automatic weather station which publishes regular updates on the social networking site.