Power cut blacks out thousands of homes this morning
More than 5,000 premises in Sunderland and Seaham are experiencing a power cut this morning.
The Northern Powergrid said the blackout is affecting 5,120 properties in the SR2 and SR7 postcode areas, which is around Ryhope and Seaham.
The power cut has been caused by a problem on the electricity network which supplies those areas.
It was reported at 7.13am this morning and it is estimated workmen will have restored the power by 8.45am.