Power cut causes chaos in Sudbury

POWER CUT: Officers guiding traffic through busy Girling Street junction after power cut.
POWER CUT: Officers guiding traffic through busy Girling Street junction after power cut.

A POWER cut caused havoc when it affected traffic lights at a busy junction and left scores of residents and several businesses without power.

Residents living in Girling Street, Sudbury, reported the problem to the electricity provider, UK Power Networks, at around 6am today.

A number of businesses, including the Silkworm Pub, in East Street, were also affected and police community support officers had to man the busy junction because the traffic lights had stopped working.

While the pub was forced to close for most of the day, Gill Harvey, owner of the bridal shop, Chapel Belles, in East Street, came in to work to discover she couldn’t use her sewing machine and customers cold not use the card reader to pay for their goods.

UK Power Networks, in charge of the electricity supply, said the fault occurred on an underground electricity network, affecting around 48 of their customers.

A spokesperson said: “We appreciate how difficult it is to lose power and would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused by the incident.”