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‘Underground cable fault’ leaves 850 homes without power

PUBLISHED: 14:12 04 January 2019 | UPDATED: 17:52 04 January 2019

More than 800 homes are without power. Image courtesy of UK Power Network,

More than 800 homes are without power. Image courtesy of UK Power Network,

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More than 800 homes and businesses had been left in the dark for four hours after a power cut swept the coast.

Around 850 UK Power Network customers in and around Lowestoft had been left without electricity after an underground cable fault at 1.40pm today.

Residents in NR13 3, NR32 1, NR32 2, NR32 5 and NR33 0 were all affected.

Power was restored to the area at 5.40pm this evening.

Traffic lights in London Road South had stopped working and homes in Grosvenor Road were among those without power.

At the time of the power cut, UK Power Networks said: “An underground electricity cable faulted on our high voltage network, causing an area wide power cut.”

Kirkley Mill Surgery was one of the business to lose power. A spokesman for the GPs said: “The surgery’s power was affected for around 30 minutes but is now back up and running and appointments are running with minimal disruption.”

One man took to Facebook to report “most of Kirkley just went out”, while the traffic lights in London Road South and Carlton Road were also reported to have temporarily stopped working.

Another reported KFC in Marine Parade had lost its power.

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