Metal thieves put Wisbech homes in darkness

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EIGHT homes in Wisbech are today (Tuesday) still without power after a metal theft on Friday caused a fault on underground electricity lines.

Power had to be cut to around 1,700 properties in the Victoria Road area of the town at 6pm on Friday after the fire service were alerted to smoke coming from the substation at the junction of Railway Road and Sandall Road.

The theft and damage at the substation earlier in the day caused a fault on the high-voltage underground electricity distribution network, resulting in power surges. Residents reported smoke coming from television sets and explosions and loud bangs from electrical appliances.

Power was restored to the majority of homes by 7.30pm, with more following at 7.45pm. However around 160 properties remained without power on Saturday and were aided by British Red Cross volunteers.

UK Power Networks worked throughout the Bank Holiday weekend to check internal wiring in the properties and by Tuesday morning, only eight remained without electricity. Engineers were hoping to gain access to these properties during the day.

Anyone affected who has not yet contacted UK Power Networks should call 0800-7838838.