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UPDATE: Power cut in Barnstaple areas

10:00 11 April 2014

Who turned out the lights? Staff at Co-operative Travel in Whiddon Valley have had to temporarily shut up shop due to the power cut. Picture by Catherine Clement

Who turned out the lights? Staff at Co-operative Travel in Whiddon Valley have had to temporarily shut up shop due to the power cut. Picture by Catherine Clement

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Nearly 2,000 properties lose power due to faulty underground cable.

NEARLY 2,000 properties were without power after a faulty underground cable caused blackouts across Barnstaple this morning (Friday).

The power cut shortly after 9.30am in the Whiddon Valley and Newport areas of the town area affected 1,966 customers.

Supplier Western Power Distribution said power to 567 customers was restored at 9.34am; 675 properties were restored at 9.48am and 597 properties were restored at 10.20.

Lian White, Western Power digital communications officer, said: “We are working to restore the remaining 127 as soon as possible.

“Sorry for any inconvenience caused.”

Earlier this morning, the company tweeted that the team hoped to have the power restored by 12noon.

Businesses – including Tesco, Lloyd’s Pharmacy, Subway, Homebase and Co-operative Travel in Whiddon Valley – have closed and are not expected to reopen until later today.

Eyewitnesses took to Twitter to report news of the power cut.

@patternpiper tweeted: “Big Powercut in Newport #barnstaple - Tesco closed!”

Do you have power? Email newsdesk@northdevongazette.co.uk or tweet us @northdevon24.

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