A ROAD had to be closed overnight after high winds blew off the roof of a building.

Northumbria Police were alerted to the incident last Thursday, after an alarm was activated at a premises on Princess Way in Prudhoe.

A police spokeswoman said: "At 7.30pm, January 30, police received a report of an alarm activation at a premise on Princess Way.

"Enquiries showed that the alarm had been activated due to the fact part of the roof had come loose from the wind and blown off.

"Due to high winds, the roof could not be secured so a temporary road closure was put in place to safeguard the public. It was opened the following morning.

"No one was injured."

The roof also caused damage to an electrical substation, leaving 2,375 homes without power.

A spokesman for Northern Powergrid said that 2,317 customers had their power restored within seven minutes.

Fifty-five customers had their power switched back on at 8:15pm, while the final three got the lights back on at 11:10am the following day.