Two towns have lost their gas supply for the second time in just over a month.
More than 4000 homes in Hunty, in Aberdeenshire, and Keith, in Moray, were cut off during freezing weather in February.
Gas supplier SGN confirmed properties in the towns were without gas again on Friday, and said it didn’t know how long it would take to fix the problem.
Residents are being asked to turn off their gas while engineers work to restore supplies.
SGN said: “We’re aware properties in Huntly and Keith are without gas. Our engineers are on site investigating the cause of this issue.
“We know it’s not easy being without your gas supply and we’re extremely sorry for this disruption.
“We’ll be doing all we can to restore everyone’s supplies as soon as possible.”