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1,500 left without power after cable fault discovered

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 02, 2013

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AROUND 1,500 people were left without power after a cable fault left areas across Burton and South Derbyshire draped in darkness.

Western Power Distribution confirmed to the Mail that homes in nine different areas were affected by the blackout.

The firm revealed that power went off at around 9.45pm on Wednesday evening in and around the Newhall area with the majority of homes restored within the hour.

Parts of Hartshorne, Woodville, Church Gresley, Brizlincote Valley, Burton, Stapenhill, Winshill and Horninglow were also believed to have been affected by the situation.

Generators had to be used to restore powers to some homes, with these properties finally getting power back on at around 2.25am this morning.

Three homes did not have power back until around 10am.

A spokesman for the power giant told the Mail: “The issue was caused as a result of an underground cable fault.

“A total of 1,500 people were affected as a result of the fault.

“The problem was reported at 9.45pm on Wednesday evening.

“Following work though, most people had power restored within the hour.

“We had to use generators in some instances to restore power and this was achieved by 2.25am this morning.

“Work is now taking place to establish the exact location and cause of the fault.

“Once this has taken place, it will repaired.

“We would like to reassure customers that the repairs will not cause any fluctuations in power.

“We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.”

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