Power cut hits Wisbech - drivers warned to take care as traffic lights go out

Engineers are working to restore electricity to homes and businesses in Cambridgeshire town.

Around 1,000 homes and businesses have been hit by a power cut in Wisbech this afternoon.

The power went off at around 3pm leaving much of the town without power and businesses with no phones as modern systems are dependent on electricity.

A spokesman for UK Power Networks said: 'At about 3.05pm today, 1,332 customers in Wisbech town centre experienced an interruption to their power supplies because of a problem on the underground electricity distribution network.

'UK Power Networks engineers restored supplies to 120 customers at 3.14pm and continue to work as quickly and as safely as possible to restore power to the remaining customers.

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'We appreciate how difficult it can be to lose power and would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused.'

A spokesman for Spicer McColl's head office said its Wisbech branch lost electricity around 3.20pm and telephone services were being diverted.

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Tweeter Hazel_Taylor said: 'Well massive power-cut the whole of Wisbech market place has no electricity.'

StuA82 added: 'The whole of Wisbech is without power. This is boring, here till 6.'

Cambridgeshire County Council warned drivers to take care as traffic lights traffic lights at North End, Freedom Bridge, Churchill Road, South Brink and Nene Quay were all affected.

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