England: Storm Arwen: Thousands spend ‘exhausting’ fifth night in the dark

Thousands of people in the north of England have spent a fifth night without power after Storm Arwen left infrastructure devastated.

Supplier Northern Powergrid said it had reconnected 95% of customers but that 16,000 households were still cut off.

It described the damage as “unprecedented” but said engineers were striving to restore services.

Electricity North West said on Tuesday night that 9,000 of its customers were still without power.

It said it had reconnected more than 101,000 properties, but as repairs were made more faults had been discovered and some customers might have to wait for “a few more days”.

More households are also still living with power outages in Scotland.

Thousands in rural north-east Scotland, Perthshire, Angus and southern and central Scotland are awaiting reconnection.