Vandals cut power to 13,000 North East properties
Vandals are being blamed for a power cut to 13,000 homes and businesses across County Durham and Wearside.
Police are investigating the incident, which affected properties in the Birtley, Washington and Chester-le-street areas at about 14:00 BST.
It is understood the outage happened after overhead cables in the Birtley area were damaged.
Northern Powergrid said engineers worked as quickly as possible to restore supplies to those affected.