THIS WEEK IN 1997: Water supply cut as tractor damages pipe

Steve Waters had been ploughing the field when suddenly a jet of water shot up from the back axle
Steve Waters had been ploughing the field when suddenly a jet of water shot up from the back axle
Havant and East Hampshire Mind have been given �323,000 by Sport England to help families of a low income stay active. The charity will work alongside Havant's branch of Oarsome Chance as part of the project based in Leigh Park.''Picture by Malcolm Wells (180522-9760)

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Farmer Ian Cutler could have faced a huge bill after his tractor damaged a water main, cutting supplies to tens of thousands of people.

The accident on Portsdown Hill left 60,000 Portsmouth Water customers in Waterlooville, Denmead and Cowplain without supplies at a time of day when demand was at its highest.

Mr Cutler, 29, of Comphouse Farm, Southwick, said his tractor driver Steve Waters had been ploughing the field when suddenly a jet of water shot up from the back axle.

‘It smashed the back window, flooded the cab and forced open the bonnet,’ he said.

‘It was a bit traumatic for him.’