One second power cut forces shops to close in city centre

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Shops and restaurants in the city centre were affected by a temporary power cut this afternoon.

A number of buildings in Hounds Gate and Norfolk Place were affected by outages shortly after 1pm on Wednesday, which resulted in some venues having to close.

Pret A Manger, in the city centre, was forced to close its shop and a sign in their window read: "Temporarily closed due to power outage, sorry for the inconvenience."

Pret A Manger, in the city centre, was forced to close its shop

Other shops affected include Hotel Chocolat, Sketchers, Carphone Warehouse, Body Shop, and Marks and Spencer.

It has not been confirmed whether the power cuts are related to the recent windy weather, but shops have started to reopen following the outage.

Philip Newham, 68, who is visiting friends in the area, noticed the shops had all gone dark as he was walking through the city.

He said: "I thought everything had shut because the shops were all dark, I suppose you can't blame anyone for the power cut but it could be because of the storm."

A spokeswoman from Western Power Distribution confirmed that there was a one second dip in power in the city centre and many areas are dealing with low voltage.

Shops were affected along Albert street

She said: "The dip has cause some equipment in buildings to trip but there has also been a couple of incidents where the equipment has also tripped in low voltage areas across the city.

"We don't know if this is related to the one second dip but what we do know is that everyone in Hounds Gate is back on supply and we are waiting to hear confirmation for Norfolk Place.

"We are working to get the power back as soon as possible and we are sorry for any inconvenince."