MORE than 2,000 properties have been left without electricity after an unplanned powercut.

Northern Powergrid said that 2,178 homes and businesses in the NE15 postcode area have been affected by the cut, which was announced at 2.53pm.

The area covers Heddon-on-the-Wall and Horsley as well as some parts of Newcastle.

Northern Powergrid are currently working on the issue and have estimated that the power will be back on by 4.30pm. It added that power is normally restored to 90 per cent of customers in 90 minutes for this type of outage.

Updates will be provided on the company's social media channels.