Storm hits Christmas plans in the Anglia region

Travellers are being warned of travel disruption over the Christmas period following heavy rain and strong winds.

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Storm takes Ipswich radio station off air

The strong winds knocked out Town 102 FM's transmitter link Credit: Town 102 FM

The storm has blown an Ipswich radio station off-air.

Town 102 FM is playing back-up music after the strong winds severed the link between the studio in Great Blakenham and the transmitter in Warren Heath.

The station issued a statement via its website:

"Last night's storm blew part of the roof off the building next to our transmitter. It blew straight through a fence and the cables which link our studio to the transmitter at Warren Heath.

"We're at the scene assessing the damage and ensuring the area is safe to make repairs, and to get normal programmes back on the air."

The scene at Warren Heath where the damage was done to Town 102 FM's transmitter Credit: Town 102 FM

6,000 still without power in the East of England

There are more than 6,000 homes still without power in the East of England following the storm in the early hours of Christmas Eve.

Earlier there were power cuts in 11,000 homes in the region but UK Power Networks say they're working hard to restore electricity in time for Christmas.

Homes without power in the Anglia region at 11am on Christmas Eve:

  • 273 in Bedfordshire
  • 468 in Buckinghamshire
  • 140 in Cambridgeshire
  • 1,948 in Essex
  • 902 in Hertfordshire
  • 2,100 in Norfolk
  • 425 in Suffolk

Wherever possible, UK Power Networks is planning to buy Christmas dinners for households if they are still without supply on Christmas Day. It is appealing for any restaurants or pubs in the East of England and who have spare tables on Christmas Day, to email SDCSupportContact@ukpowernetworks.co.uk.

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Flood warnings issued for the River Great Ouse

The Environment Agency has issued a further two Flood Warnings for the River Great Ouse in Buckinghamshire.

  • River Great Ouse at Buckingham - Fishers Field, Nelson Street, Hunter Street, Well Street, Ford Street, Stratford Road and Wharfside
  • Newport Pagnell - areas along the River Great Ouse near to North Bridge and Woad Farm

Work underway to free trapped panto cast

A scene from Peter Pan at the Princes Theatre, Clacton. Credit: Picture: Nigel Brown.

Work has begun to move a tree which has trapped Clacton pantomime cast members in a holiday park.

All but one of the actors in the Princes Theatre's production of Peter Pan were staying at a site at St Osyth.

They are due to have two packed-out audiences today at 11.30am and 1.30pm.

Only television presenter Jeff Brazier, who plays Peter Pan in the show, is unaffected.

Work is underway to clear the tree blocking at road at St Osyth. Credit: Picture: Nigel Brown.
The cast of Peter Pan at the Princes Theatre in Clacton. Credit: Picture: Nigel Brown.
Jeff Brazier stars as Peter Pan. Credit: Picture: Nigel Brown.

More than 5,000 homes still without power

Homes are still without power this morning. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Five and a half thousand homes are still without power this morning following last night's stormy weather.

Strong winds, falling debris and trees have caused significant damage to power cables.

UK Power Networks said it was bringing in extra engineers to carry out repairs.

The show may not go on for trapped pantomime cast

All but one member of Clacton's pantomime cast are trapped in a holiday park this morning by a fallen tree.

Peter Pan, at the Princes Theatre, is due to have two packed-out audiences today at 11.30am and 1.30pm.

But last night's storms mean they are unable to leave a site at St Osyth where they stayed overnight. A fallen tree has blocked the road.

Only television presenter Jeff Brazier, who plays Peter Pan in the show, is unaffected.

A team from Tendring District Council has been sent to clear the road.

They hope to free the cast in time for today's performances.

We have two virtually full houses who would be disappointed if they didn’t get in today and Peter Pan would have had to cope on his own!

– Tendring District Council spokesman
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