Thousands of homes without power in Honiton due to 'underground cable fault'

PUBLISHED: 11:55 05 June 2018

More than 6,000 homes in Honiton were without power this week. Photo: Getty Images

More than 6,000 homes in Honiton were without power this week. Photo: Getty Images

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More than 6,000 homes were plunged into darkness last night after a wide-scale power cut hit Honiton.

Western Power said the cause of the blackout is believed to be an underground cable fault, with work being carried out today to pinpoint the specific fault.

A spokesman said: “We had 6,756 customers affected by what we believe to be an underground cable fault.

“The incident occurred at 8.50pm yesterday evening (June 4).

“Within a few minutes we were to restore power to a few thousand customers.

“By 9.11pm, all of the customers were back on supply.”

Last night’s incident follows another blackout which affected scores of homes in Exmouth last Wednesday (May 30).

More than 2,000 homes in Exmouth were without power after two overhead lines were brought down.

Some properties were withouth power for more than six hours.

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