Brighton and Hove plunged into darkness after power cut hits streetlights and thousands of homes and businesses

Posted On 20 Sep 2018 at 10:33 am

A power cut in Brighton and Hove last night plunged large parts of the city into darkness, with thousands of homes and businesses affected.

Street lights went out, a council meeting was plunged into darkness, shops closed – and one man reportedly lost £100 he’d just put into a “one-armed bandit” at a bookmakers.

The power cut, which mainly affected central Hove and the seafront area, was fairly short lived for most, with electricity back up within ten minutes.

But about a thousand homes had to wait for longer before it was fully restored.

A spokeswoman for UK Power Networks said: “Power was briefly interrupted to several thousand customers in Brighton and Hove between 7.39pm and 7.52pm last night (Sep 19) after a fault developed on an underground cable.

“All supplies were restored as quickly as possible and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.

“The same area was affected by a six-minute power interruption shortly after midnight on September 9, and at this stage we do not believe the causes are related.”

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