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Grass fire cuts power to hundreds of properties in Essex

A power failure caused by a grass fire affected hundreds of properties across Essex today.

Following reports of damage to some of our equipment we received reports of power cuts affecting several areas in Essex at 4:15pm today and restored most by 4.47pm.

There was a further interruption at about 5.05pm and all supplies were restored again by 5.18pm. We are sorry for the inconvenience and would like to thank customers for their understanding while we resolved the problem.

We will continue to investigate the cause.

– UK Power Networks

Potentially affected postcodes: CM1 3,CM14 4,CM14 5,CM2 8,CM4 0,CM4 9,CM4 O,HP23 5,IP24 1,N15 5,N22 9,NR30 3,NW10 2,RM 7,RM1 3,RM1 4,RM1 5,RM11 2,RM11 3,RM12 4,RM12 5,RM13 5,RM13 7,RM13 8,RM13 9,RM14 1,RM14 2,RM14 3,RM15 4,RM15 5,RM16 0,RM16 1,RM16 3,RM16 4,RM16 6,RM19 1,RM2 1,RM2 5,RM2 6,RM20 1,RM20 2,RM20 3,RM20 4,RM21 4,RM3 0,RM3 3,RM3 7,RM3 8,RM3 9,RM4 1,RM5 2,RM5 3,RM7 7,WD6 4

Concerns over missing Essex mother and son

Tammy McBride and her two-year-old son have been missing since last week Credit: Essex Police

Police in Essex say they are becoming increasingly concerned for a woman who has gone missing with her two-year-old son.

Tammy McBride from Thurrock and her son Tommie-Khai were both last seen in Morrisons in Grays on Thursday June 25 at about 2pm.

Tammy is aged in her 40s, 5ft 7in tall and of medium build. She has shoulder length blonde hair and was last seen wearing blue jeans and a white top.

Tommie-Khai has short blond hair and was last seen wearing a rainbow coloured striped t-shirt with trousers and white trainers.

They are believed to still be in the Thurrock area.

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