Thousands left without power after workmen cut cable

THREE thousand homes and businesses in the centre of Battle were left without power on Tuesday morning (August 23) after workmen damaged an underground electricity cable.

Properties in the High Street and Mount Street were amongst those which experienced an interruption to their power supply just before 11.50am.

Engineers managed to restore supplies to the majority of properties within 10 minutes.

Of all the premises affected, just seven in the Mount Street area were left without power by 1.20pm.

The power supply was finally fully restored at 4.40pm.

A spokesperson from UK Power Networks said: “We are committed to providing a reliable supply of electricity and, in a bid to reduce the number of power interruptions caused by contractors damaging underground cables, actively encourage any firm undertaking work to contact us in advance for advice and free cable locating maps, to help them avoid our cables.

“This is vital for their own safety as well as for the security of electricity supplies.”