Power cut affects 2,300 town homes

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MORE than 2,000 homes were left without power and a woman was trapped in a lift after a power cut in Needham Market at the weekend.

An investigation by UK Power Networks engineers found that the power cut was caused by a willow tree falling on to overhead lines.

About 2,300 homes were found to be without power at 12.10pm on Saturday afternoon.

A UK Power Networks spokesman said customers experienced an ‘interruption to their power supplies because of a fault on the electricity distribution network’ which they later discovered was caused by a fallen willow tree.

Engineers from the power company restored power to 600 homes within minutes and all but 274 customers had power again shortly before 2pm. The final houses had power supplies by 2.49pm.

Meanwhile, the power cut also left one woman stranded in a lift at Bosmere Court sheltered housing.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service sent one appliance from the town to the incident shortly after 12.50pm.

Firefighters arrived on scene and managed to release the woman from the lift within 25 minutes.

A UK Power Networks spokesman said: “We appreciate how difficult it can be to lose power and would like to apologise to all those affected.”