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Blackout in Norwich city centre forces The Bell Hotel to close

PUBLISHED: 09:24 15 December 2017 | UPDATED: 12:21 15 December 2017

Parts of Timberhill and Orford Street in Norwich were left without power following a cut. Picture: ANDREW STONE

Parts of Timberhill and Orford Street in Norwich were left without power following a cut. Picture: ANDREW STONE

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A section of a busy Norwich city centre street was left without power last night.

Parts of Timberhill and Orford Street in Norwich were left without power following a cut. Picture: ANDREW STONEParts of Timberhill and Orford Street in Norwich were left without power following a cut. Picture: ANDREW STONE

A number of businesses located in Timberhill and Orford Street in the city centre were affected, including pubs The Murderers and The Bell.

It is understood that the power was restored at about 6am this morning.

According to UK Power Networks, the power cut was reported at 8.55pm last night.

On its website the utility said: “A fault has occurred on a piece of our electrical equipment which controls the power to your home.”

Parts of Timberhill and Orford Street in Norwich were left without power following a cut. Picture: ANDREW STONEParts of Timberhill and Orford Street in Norwich were left without power following a cut. Picture: ANDREW STONE

About 19 customers were affected.

Phil Cutter of The Gardeners Arms, also known as The Murderers said the power had gone off shortly before 9pm.

He said they had reported the matter to authorities and decided to keep the business open.

“This close to Christmas you don’t want to shut. We got some candles out and luckily you don’t need electricity to run beer - gas pressure and gravity do the job.”

The Murderers/Gardeners Arms, Timberhill, Norwich. Photo ; Steve AdamsThe Murderers/Gardeners Arms, Timberhill, Norwich. Photo ; Steve Adams

Around the corner The Bell had closed its doors last night.

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