ABOUT 140 properties in a village near York have been without power since last night.

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 it estimated supplies would be restored by 3pm today but was unable to provide an accurate restoration time.