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A WIDOW got the shock of her life when she received a pounds 5000 electricity bill - for just a month's supply.

Scottish Gas claimed Margaret Meechan had worked her way through nearly 57,500 kilowatt hours of electricity in just 35 days.

Margaret, 59, said: "The first thing I did was turn off every appliance and run next door to my neighbour's house in a blind panic.

"But I knew I couldn't have used that much electricity. It wasn't Santa's grotto I was trying to light up."

Margaret, a retired shop worker, switched to a pre-pay card more than a year ago and shouldn't receive any bills from Scottish Gas.

She normally spends a round pounds 10 a week on electricity for her home in East Kilbride, Lanarkshire. Now she is waiting for an engineer to take a reading to prove she has been using her pre-payment key.

Energywatch Scotland said Scottish Gas should put her bill on hold immediately.

A Scottish Gas spokeswoman said: "We are sincerely sorry. We are looking into her case with a view to resolving this as soon as possible."

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