Multiple power cuts cause headaches in Sleaford

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RESIDENTS and businesses in Sleaford were plagued by a series of short power cuts last night (Tuesday) after a fault occurred on a high voltage cable.

Around 1,600 properties in the town centre and surrounding area were affected according to a spokesman for power network company Western Power Distribution.

The initial fault was reported just before 8pm, knocking out traffic lights at Southgate level crossing and for a short time leaving the crossing barriers stuck in the closed position. This was followed but up to seven more momentary cuts that dimmed lights, switched off computers, triggered burglar alarms and affected late night shoppers trying to buy groceries in supermarkets such as Tesco.

Michael Clarke for Western Power Distribution said engineers were sent out as quickly as possible. As they worked to try to find the fault and fix it, this caused the subsequent dips in power supply.

All power was restored by 10pm and engineers would be doing further investigations once they had gained permission to get onto an old, demolished site that had been the source of the initial fault.

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