Cable strike causes power cuts

IAN CLARKE Businesses around Dereham town centre lost power for up to four and half hours after an underground electricity cable was struck by workmen.Among those affected were the tax office, Halifax Bank, Hood Vores and Allwood solicitors and several shops in Church Street.

IAN CLARKE

Businesses around Dereham town centre lost power for up to four and half hours after an underground electricity cable was struck by workmen.

Among those affected were the tax office, Halifax Bank, Hood Vores and Allwood solicitors and several shops in Church Street.

Initially about 10 customers experienced an interruption to their power supply at 10.40am on Tuesday.

EDF Energy Networks engineers isolated power to an extra 22 customers at 12.07pm to make the network safe while repairs were carried out.

A spokesman said all supplies were restored at 3.09pm.

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The company appealed for contractors carrying out work to contact EDF to prevent cables being struck.

The spokesman 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."