Update: This has been fully resolved and is now operational again.
Police have issued the following message on their website after lightning struck a mast at Middlemoor.
As a result, all 999 calls being routed to Plymouth.
“Due to extreme weather conditions this morning a lightning strike has damaged a mast at Police HQ Middlemoor.
This has caused significant disruption to telephony services within the Control Room at Police HQ.
As a result in order to keep disruption to a minimum all telephone calls to police will be diverted to the Plymouth control room where they will be answered.
All 999 calls will be answered as a priority.
It is requested however that the public keep telephone contact to a minimum and that non urgent contact is made through the Force internet service until normal service is resumed.
With public assistance we are confident that these measures will result in minimal disruption to the public and service provision.”