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.

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