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Underground electricity cable fault causes power cut for 160 households

Peterborough residents have been affected by a power outage - with UK Power Networks aiming to restore power by 3pm.
Power outages have been affecting six postcodes in Peterborough this afternoon (Photo: Adobe Stock)

According to UK Power Networks, around 160 customers have been affected by the power cut in various postcodes: PE3 6, PE3 8, PE3 9, PE5 7, PE6 7 and PE7 3. South Bretton residents took to social media to report disruption.

Engineers from UK Power Networks arrived on site at 11am, discovering that an underground electricity cable had faulted on the high voltage network, causing an area wide power cut. Initial estimates were that the power would be back on between 12pm and 1pm, but this time has since been pushed back to between 2pm and 3pm.

An update at 1:14pm stated: "Our engineers are trying to divert power to restore your supply and therefore your power may have been going on and off. We know you may be concerned about your phone battery running low, so here are some tips on how you can prolong battery life: Set your phone to power saving mode, reduce screen brightness, turn off WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS (if not in use), cut apps running in the background and if possible top up using a car charger or portable battery pack."

UK Power Networks has apologised for any disruption caused to customers.

The NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group tweeted regarding Octagon Medical Practice in Bretton, writing: "Please be advised that the phone lines at Octagon's Bretton practice in Peterborough are currently down due to a power outage. We will tweet to update this message as soon as this issue has been resolved."

Peterborough City Hospital has confirmed that it was not affected by the power outage.