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1,000 homes in Cuxton left in the dark following a power cut

14 February 2014
by Lynn Cox
Homes were left without power

Homes were left without power

People living in Cuxton were in the dark yesterday when a power cut left the village without electricity. 
 
A fault on an underground high-voltage cable caused two black-outs in the Bush Road area of the village, with power first going off just before 1pm. 
 
A total of 913 homes and businesses were left without electricity for about four hours as engineers worked to fix the problem.
 
Power was restored to all properties at about 4.20pm but engineers needed to carry out further work later in the day and that meant the supply had to be cut off again at 5.11pm to all 913 homes and businesses. 
 
It was initially thought power would not be back on until midnight but UK Power networks said power was restored to all homes at about 9.40pm.
 
Parish councillor, Paul Monck who lives in the village, tweeted that he was not happy about the lack of power. 
 
He said: “Another lengthy power cut again in #Cuxton been off since 14:00 recent update not back till midnight.”
 
Another man, Ian Andrews, who lives in the village, also tweeted about his frustrations.
 
He said: “No power till after midnight in #Cuxton....Missing a whole night of premier league darts. Not happy.”
 
A spokesman for UK Power Networks, apologised to customers.
 
He said: “At 12.59pm on Thursday 913 customers in the Bush Road area of Cuxton experienced a power cut due to a fault on an underground high-voltage electricity cable. 
 
“Our engineers worked as quickly and safely as possible to rectify the fault and power was restored to all those affected by 4.19pm.
 
“However, further work was required which meant we had to take the 913 customers off supply again from 5.11pm until 9.39pm when power was restored to all the customers.
 
“We understand how difficult it can be without electricity and would like to apologise to all those affected.”

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