Pupils’ day off due to power cut

PUPILS were given the day off school after a second power cut caused disruption for properties on an estate.

Youngsters from West Park Primary School, in Hartlepool, arrived at school ready for class yesterday morning.

But when the school’s power was lost at 9am, parents were advised to take their children home and the school was closed.

Around 2,700 homes and businesses in the West Park area of town were affected by the initial power cut at 12.50am on Tuesday.

This was caused by a network fault and some power supplies were restored within five minutes.

But around 223 properties were still without power until 6.15pm on Tuesday when a generator was brought in to rectify the problem.

However, when the generator failed yesterday morning, around 8.30am, the youngsters at the school, in Coniscliffe Road, were sent home.

Dawn Dixon, a teaching assistant at the school, said: “When we got into school, the lights were flickering and we had an idea there would be a problem so we told the parents that they could take their children straight home.

“By 9am, we lost everything so we had no option but to close the school for the day.

“There were no lights and no heating, it would have been impossible to prepare meals for lunchtime and the whole place was freezing cold. The best option was to send everyone home.”

A spokesman for energy firm CE Electric UK, which eventually restored power by mid-morning, said: “The fault yesterday morning was down to a failure on the generator.

“We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.”