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Sunday, 01 March 2015

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Power cut hits 650 properties in Carlisle

A power cut plunged hundreds of homes and businesses into darkness.

An underground cable fault has been blamed for knocking out supplies to 650 properties in Carlisle.

Buildings affected were largely in the Willowholme, Caldewgate and Shaddongate area, up to Dalston Road.

Power went down at 5.50pm yesterday and was restored by about 7pm.

Among the places affected was the new Sainsbury’s supermarket in Caldewgate, where some of its lights went off. Back-up supplies, however, kicked in there.

Traffic lights on Caldewgate were also off for a time.

BBC Radio Cumbria was affected, with the outage taking the broadcaster off air for about 20 minutes. Its Friday night sports show was on at the time.

A spokeswoman for Electricity North West apologised for any inconvenience caused.

She said the outage was down to the below-ground fault and power was off while workers switched the supply routes.

Work will now take place to find and fix the affected cable.

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