Underground fault caused blackout to thousands of Diss homes

Thousands of homes in a Norfolk town and the surrounding area were left without power last night following a fault in a high voltage underground cable.

UK Power Networks was called to restore power to thousands of customers in Diss and surrounding villages after the fault, which cut power to street lights and traffic signals as well as other electrical equipment.

A spokesman for the firm said hundreds of customers were reconnected to the electricity network just minutes after the fault occurred at 5.16pm and the majority had power back by 7.22pm.

A team of engineers worked through the evening to restore power to the remaining customers affected and locate the cause of the fault. The final 185 properties were restored at 12.17am.

The spokesman said: 'We do understand how much inconvenience any interruption to power can cause and apologise to all those affected.'

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