British military personnel to be deployed to support response to Storm Arwen

134 British military personnel are to be deployed in Scotland to support the response to Storm Arwen.

The Storm left 20,000 people without energy for over 48 hours, with over 3,000 still without power. The soldiers, working in teams of 10, will offer reassurance and help to the 12 villages worst hit.

Jim Cardwell, from Northern Powergrid, told Sky News: “We have been telling our customers that the majority of customers are going to be on supply this week. It’s really difficult for us to tell and probably quite misleading to give a ‘final customers back on by a certain point’ because I think we will almost certainly try and outperform that anyway.”

Defence secretary Ben Wallace said: “We are always ready to provide extra support to civil authorities across the UK in their time of need and it’s great to see units based in Scotland supporting their local communities.”