Virgin Media's new owner, Liberty Global, is controlled by John Malone who has been trying to seal a deal for more than a decade:
- Virgin Media was created by the merger of cable operators NTL, Telewest and Virgin Mobile in 2006
- Malone began buying up stock in Telewest and tried to acquire NTL back in 2000
- The deal marks his largest European acquisition
- Liberty Global already ranks as the largest cable operator in Europe with 18.4 million subscribers
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Sunday will be a fine day across much of Scotland and northern England, with much less coastal mist and low cloud than yesterday.
A spokesperson said the lightning strikes had left the "aircraft fuelling system unavailable."
Nearly 1,000 properties have been left without power, and road users have been warned of potentially hazardous conditions.