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Vandals leave flats without electricity

PUBLISHED: 17:48 22 April 2008 | UPDATED: 10:25 11 August 2010

RESIDENTS OF a high-rise council block coped without electricity for two days after vandals cut through electricity wires. Lexham House on the Gascoigne estate, Barking, was hit by the power cut on Thursday, April 17. One resident called the POST and said

RESIDENTS OF a high-rise council block coped without electricity for two days after vandals cut through electricity wires.

Lexham House on the Gascoigne estate, Barking, was hit by the power cut on Thursday, April 17.

One resident called the POST and said she could not cook, wash, or use the lift.

She said: "We only have one working lift, and we can't even use that one now.

"If you're disabled you can't leave the flat. We haven't had a hot drink for a day."

She called the council's maintenance contractor, Enterprise, who told her that someone would arrive to deal with the problem.

When she called the POST on the following Monday, the power was restored, but she'd lost about £80 worth of freezer food which had defrosted.

She said both Enterprise and EDF workers had been in over the weekend, and had said that a set of wires had been cut.

A spokesperson for the council said: "It seems that electricity is restored and that the lift, heating and water are not affected."

He added that 36 of the hundred flats experienced a power cut, and that the concierge had knocked on doors to inform residents about the power failure.

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