Electricity bosses apologise over Preston blackout

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Electricity chiefs have apologised to more than 700 householders in Preston after a New Year’s Day power cut lasting up to two hours.

The blackout, which affected properties in the PR1 postcode area, was the third in three days in central Lancashire.

On Sunday night, parts of Leyland were plunged into darkness after an 11,000-volt cable caught fire. And on Monday evening around 4,000 homes in Penwortham were without power for up to 90 minutes due to a sub-station fault.

The latest blackout came at 7.30am on Wednesday when 701 homes in Preston were cut off by a fault in an underground cable.

Electricity North West said the vast majority - 587 - had power restored by 8.30am. The rest were back on by 9.37am.

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused,” said a spokesman. “Our engineers were on site very quickly.”