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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Offer of Christmas dinner for people hit by power cuts

The power company responsible for supplying the region's electricity is offering to pay for Christmas dinner for customers still hit by power cuts on Christmas Day.

At the peak of the storm in the early hours of Christmas Eve 300,000 homes were cut off in the East and South East as the windy weather brought down trees onto power lines.

In the Anglia region 11,000 homes were without power at 7am on Christmas Eve but electricity had been restored to nearly half of them by 1pm with 5,700 still looking to be reconnected at that time.

UK Power Networks hopes to have restored power to all homes in the Anglia region by the end of Christmas Eve. But the company is looking for pubs and restaurants which can provided its customers with Christmas dinner should they still be without electricity on Christmas Day.

Company spokesman Matt Rudling said: "It's something we wanted to do for our customers because we recognise the impact of Christmas dinner being lost does have on people."

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