ABOUT 140 properties in a village near York lost their power supplies for more than 12 hours.

Northern Powergrid said an unexpected problem with cables or equipment had caused the loss of electricity supplies in the YO23,YO61 andYO62 areas around Skewsby, between York and Helmsley.

It said the cut was reported at 9.49pm last night and supplies are understood to have been restored by mid-afternoon today.