Brighton and Hove plunged into darkness after power cut hits streetlights and thousands of homes and businesses
A power cut in Brighton and Hove last night plunged large parts of the city into darkness, with thousands of homes and businesses affected.
— James Payne (@James_Payne_) September 19, 2018
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.
Power cut at #Hove in Sussex. Manager of the local @Coral, outside which I am standing, says a customer just put £100 in a machine… and it’s trapped! The boss is on the phone, trying to sort it out! #C4News pic.twitter.com/vsT2yeh1Q1
— Press Office Peter (@PressOfficeMan) September 19, 2018
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.”