BUSINESSES in Sudbury were left in the dark today after a power failure.
Shops and cafes, along with many homes in the town, suffered problems with their electricity supply at around 11am this morning.
A number of businesses were forced to ask customers to leave their stores as they were unable to serve them without operational tills.
Shops in the town’s Market Hill and North Street were all affected along with the area’s Tesco supermaket, which continued trading but closed freezer aisles and placed cardboard in front of fridges to keep food cool.
It is thought the power loss was caused by a fire in the cable of an overhead power line on the A134.
A spokesman for UK Power Networks said power had been restored to the majority of customers, but engineers were still working to fix electrical problems affecting people in Chaucer Road and Canterbury Way.
“The fault originally affected several thousand customers in parts of Sudbury, Long Melford and Acton but supplies to all apart from 279 customers were restored in stages between 11.19am and 11.52am,” he said.
“We believe the problem caused an underground cable fault affecting the Market Hill area of Sudbury at the same time, but all customers in this area were restored by 12.26pm.
“We appreciate how difficult it is to be without electricity and apologise to all those affected.”
Earlier this month businesses in King Street were left without electricity for an entire working day after a similar power cut.