Power cut hits 11,000 homes
MORE than 11,000 homes in Cheltenham were left without power after two consecutive outages.
Motorists found some roads in the town centre were left without functioning traffic lights on a busy Saturday morning.
Western Power, which distributes electricity to homes across the town, said the outages were due to high-voltage faults in the area.
The firm said the majority of homes had power restored within eight minutes – with all homes back on again within half an hour.
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The first outage took place at 9.17am, affecting 994 homes. Then at 10.58am a second fault left 10,275 homes without electricity.
It means there have now been seven power cuts in the town in as many weeks. Last Wednesday 1,800 homes and companies in the centre of the town were left without electricity for up to four hours.