Frames, trains and automobiles disrupted by Storm Barney

Tree felled by Storm Barney in Ampthill
Tree felled by Storm Barney in Ampthill

Strong winds battered Bedfordshire last night as Storm Barney passed over the county, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.

Trains travelling via Bedford are facing delays as a tree fell onto overhead wires between Harpenden and St Albans and caught fire.

Warner Brothers marquee blown down by Storm Barney

Warner Brothers marquee blown down by Storm Barney

More than half-a-mile of overhead wires were brought down and engineers have worked through the night to make repairs.

East Midlands and Thameslink services are expected to be delayed until lunchtime.

In Ampthill, a mature oak fell across Flitwick Road, obstructing traffic for about four hours.

Resident Mal Tattersall said when police officers arrived, they realised it was too big to move and called for backup.

He said: “If it had landed on a car, it would probably have killed someone.”

A Bedfordshire Police spokeswoman said: “We were called at 11.44pm to reports of a large tree that had fallen in Ampthill.

“Officers attended, but it was dealt with by Highways England and cleared by 3.30am.”

Meanwhile, Storm Barney turned its attentions to the new JK Rowling film, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, by blowing down the frame of a marquee constructed by Warner Brothers on the former runway at the Cardington Sheds.