Power cut hits homes and businesses

A message in a window of a fish and chip shop at Seaton Carew. Below, Julie Skeet
A message in a window of a fish and chip shop at Seaton Carew. Below, Julie Skeet

MORE than 200 businesses and homes were left without electricity for the majority of yesterday after a power cut.

Businesses in Seaton Carew, Hartlepool, were forced to close after the power went out at around 10am.

Seaton News shop owner Julie Skeet pictured in her shop.

Seaton News shop owner Julie Skeet pictured in her shop.

Others stayed open, but owners said the power cut will have cost them hundreds of pounds in takings.

The incident comes just 10 days after another power cut left 93 homes and businesses without electricity for nearly 12 hours.

Two fish and chip shops and the games arcades in Seaton Carew were closed to the public yesterday due to the loss of electricity.

Northern Powergrid revealed the loss of electricity was caused by an underground cable fault which engineers worked to repair throughout the day.

Newsagent Julie Skeet, 53, who owns Seaton News, was forced to throw out dairy products after yesterday’s loss of power and also needed to turn people away who wanted to put the lottery on or use the electronic Payzone device.

Julie, who lives in Seaton Carew with husband, Paul, 54, who works at an engineering firm, said: “People were walking past and just thinking we were closed because all of the lights were out.

“I couldn’t leave the shop while the power was out because I couldn’t put the shutters down.

“Now I’ll be wary the power goes out while they are down and I won’t be able to open up again.”

Julie claims the power cut earlier this month, on the day of a Euromillions draw, cost her more than £700 in takings and resulted in her having to throw away many items that were on sale.

And the mum-of-three says she will be more out of pocket after yesterday’s cut.

“People aren’t buying scratch cards because I can’t pay out”, she added.

“I have lost all of the ice cream and I will have to throw the milk in the bin.

“The two fish and chip shops and the arcades have closed so I don’t think they will be too pleased either.”

A spokesman for Northern Powergrid said power was restored at 3am today.

He said: “The power cut was caused by an underground cable fault and 205 customers were affected.

“The power cut on November 12 affected 93 customers and was also caused by an underground cable fault.

“We would like to apologise to all of our customers affected by the loss of power.”