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Power Network says they are prepared as Storm Ciara is set to hit Crawley this weekend

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High winds are forecast from Saturday evening and expected to last through till the end of Sunday.

UK Power Networks is gearing up to respond to any power cuts caused by the high winds forecast across the region, during Storm Ciara due to hit the country from Saturday evening through Sunday.

Read more: Find out what to do in the event of a power cut.

The company that delivers power supplies to 8.3 million homes and businesses across the South East, East of England and London is preparing for a forecast of strong winds, which could bring down branches and trees, damaging overhead power lines.

The electricity network is built to be resilient, but extreme weather can sometimes damage overhead lines so extra engineers, damage assessment teams, call takers and other staff are in place and ready to respond over the weekend and into the next working week.

Head of customer services and innovation at UK Power Networks, Ian Cameron, said:

“We understand how difficult is to be without electricity, especially during cold weather, and will do our best to restore supplies quickly if they are affected.

“Keeping people safe and fixing power cuts is our priority, so if you see any damaged power lines our advice is to stay away, keep everyone clear and call us on 105.

“We ask people to make sure they are prepared at home too. We provide free extra help to people living in vulnerable circumstances, who are on our Priority Services Register.”

Details on eligibility and how to register can be found at www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk

Engineers will be able to restore some power supplies quickly without visiting damage sites, however it may not be possible for teams to climb and repair overhead power lines, until the winds have subsided to a safe level.

People can report any power cuts or damaged power lines by ringing 105, and customers can find up-to-date information on the company’s website or by following @ukpowernetworks on Twitter.

See how we restore power at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDTZK9mJE3U

UK Power Networks will be keeping customers regularly updated.

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26-year-old man tasered and arrested at Crawley hotel after threatening people with hammer

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A 26-year-old man has been arrested at a Crawley hotel after he threatened people around him with a hammer.

Police were called to The Grange Hotel in Crawley at 3pm on Tuesday (4 August).

He was subsequently tasered to ensure the safety of members of the public and officers.

The man was subsequently arrested on suspicion of affray, criminal damage and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.

He has since been released under investigation, but detained under the Mental Health Act.

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