Sudbury businesses curse luck at day-long power cut

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BUSINESSES in Sudbury were plunged into darkness – and in some cases forced to stop work – after a power cut.

The power supply to shops and cafes in King Street went down at around 5am on Tuesday morning and was not fully restored until 9pm.

A range of businesses along the street, including Coral bookmakers, jeweller’s Jonathan Lambert, Winch and Blatch department store and Milpets Pet Centre were affected, along with the pelican crossing on Market Hill.

Yunus Aslan, owner of the Codfather fish and chip shop, said the loss of electricity risked food in his freezers going off and left him unable to serve customers during the day.

“I still have rates and staff costs to pay but I am not able to open for business,” he said.

David Brooks, manager of Coral, said the shop was operating at its minimum capacity with only a few betting machines working.

“It is a major problem and it means the business is losing money,” he said.

“It is fortunate it is not later in the week because that would have meant losing even more.”

A number of businesses said it was not the first time they had experienced power cuts in recent weeks, but the length of time they were without electricity on this occasion had caused difficulties.

It was thought the power failure had stemmed from the roadworks taking place to create a pedestrian crossing in King Street, but this was denied by a Suffolk County Council spokesman, who said contractors were only carrying out “surface level” works.

A spokeswoman for UK Power Networks said 19 customers in the street had been affected with engineers working throughout Tuesday to restore power.

“Electricity supplies were interrupted at about 5.20am following a fault on a low-voltage underground cable,” said the spokeswoman.

“We would like to reassure customers we worked as quickly as was safely possible to return their power supply. We apologise for any inconvenience.”

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