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More than 950 homes in Upminster plunged into darkness after power cut

PUBLISHED: 08:24 14 December 2018 | UPDATED: 08:26 14 December 2018

High Street in Upminster was plunged into darkness last night: Photo: Sean Clemenson

High Street in Upminster was plunged into darkness last night: Photo: Sean Clemenson

Sean Clemenson

More than 950 homes in Upminster were plunged into darkness last night after a power cut in the area.

This is the area that was affected by the power cut. Photo: UK Power NetworksThis is the area that was affected by the power cut. Photo: UK Power Networks

Shops in High Street had to close and police were called to the incident at around 7.30 last night (Thursday, December 13).

UK Power Networks said the power cut was due to an underground electricity cable that faulted on its high voltage network.

Engineers were called out and the problem was resolved at around 10.30pm.

According to UK Power Networks 960 properties were affected.

One resident said: “It was chaos, loads of police were trying to direct traffic, shop alarms were going off and everyone was sitting in the Crumpled Horn with their phone torches on.”

Havering Libraries let customers know that the library had to close early because of the cut - they took to Facebook and said: “Due to a power cut in the area, Upminster Library has had to close early.

“For book renewals please call the telephone renewal line on 0333 370 4700.

“We hope to be back to normal in the Morning! We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

Darryl Butcher said on Facebook: “Massive power cut in Upminster. Brexit Britain. lol”

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