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Storm Barney: Tree crashes on Didcot houses

Didcot fallen tree Image copyright Phil Keable
Image caption The 60ft (18m) tree fell onto two houses, a car and a motorcycle

Residents in Didcot escaped unhurt when a tree hit their houses in strong winds caused by Storm Barney.

The 60ft (18m) tree crashed onto two homes in Mendip Heights shortly after 21:00 GMT on Tuesday.

Fire crews had to use chainsaws to cut away the branches of the tree to free trapped residents.

Station manager Paul Webster said: "This must have been really scary for the occupiers. People don't expect a tree of this size to be blown over."

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Image copyright Phil Keable
Image caption Fire crews chop large chunks the tree with chainsaws so residents could get out of their homes

A parked car and a motorcycle were also crushed by the tree.

Neighbour Phil Keable said: "I heard this massive crack, grabbed the dog and ran out to the front door and there was a tree in the doorway."

The storm, in which winds peaked at 85mph, saw electricity cut off to several thousand homes in Oxfordshire.

A spokesman for Scottish and Southern Electric Power Distribution said engineers worked through the night, and power had been restored to all homes.

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