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Man arrested after two-vehicle crash in Clavering knocks out power supply to 38 homes



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Police arrested a man after a car crash in Clavering which brought down power lines, knocking out electricity supplies to 38 homes.

The collision happened in The Hydes, off Stortford Road, shortly after 7pm on Sunday (Nov 7) and involved two vehicles which were extensively damaged, one of which struck a pole supporting the power line. One person was taken by ambulance to hospital.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash, which was also attended by fire and rescue service crews from Stansted and Saffron Walden. The road was closed for several hours while firefighters made the vehicles and area safe, including containing a fuel spillage.

The scene of the crash in Stortford Road, Clavering, on Sunday evening. Picture: Stansted Fire
The scene of the crash in Stortford Road, Clavering, on Sunday evening. Picture: Stansted Fire

An Essex Police spokesman said: "We were called to reports of a collision in The Hyde, Clavering, at around 7.05pm on Sunday 7 November. It was reported a vehicle had been in collision with a power cable. A man was arrested and our enquiries are ongoing."

An Essex County Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said crews arrived at the scene at around 7.30pm.

"On arrival, crews reported that two vehicles had collided and one vehicle has collided with power lines," they said.

"While nobody was trapped in either vehicle, crews worked to make the scene safe by 8.16pm and left the scene in the care of UK Power Networks."

A Land Rover Defender was one of the two vehicles involved in the collision. Picture: Stansted Fire
A Land Rover Defender was one of the two vehicles involved in the collision. Picture: Stansted Fire

A spokeswoman for the power company said: "Engineers worked quickly and safely to restore power to 38 customers in the Stortford Road area of Clavering after a road traffic accident on Sunday damaged electrical equipment.

"Power was temporarily switched off for safety reasons, with 36 customers restored at 9.09pm and the final two at 00.14 following repairs to the overhead cables."

Anyone with information can call Essex Police on 101, submit a report online at https://www.essex.police.uk or use the 'live chat' button to speak to an online operator between 7am and 11pm. Quote incident 1191 of November 7. You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.



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