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Business vent anger over power cut

PUBLISHED: 23:07 03 May 2003 | UPDATED: 13:49 03 March 2010

BUSINESSES in the Fore Street area of Ipswich today vented their anger after they were left without power for more than eight hours.

Some companies were cut off from around 10am yesterday after workmen slashed through a low voltage power cable.

BUSINESSES in the Fore Street area of Ipswich today vented their anger after they were left without power for more than eight hours.

Some companies were cut off from around 10am yesterday after workmen slashed through a low voltage power cable.

Ramen Uddin, 22, of the Passage to India Restaurant, in Fore Street, said hundreds of pounds worth of chilled and frozen stock had been ruined by the power cut.

"Friday and Saturday nights are the busiest nights of the week and then this happens, he said. "It's unbelievable."

Workmen have been in the area for around three weeks improving the paving and are expected to take a total of around eight weeks to complete the job.

For David Salter, of Highway Motor Policies, of Fore Street, it is the second time within a week that they have disrupted his work.

He said: "Last week they went through a gas main and we had to evacuate the building for one and half and half hours amid smells of gas.

"Yesterday, we had no power at all except for the emergency lighting systems. All the computers were down and business came to a standstill.

"It's slightly annoying because we're customer based and if our customers can't get through to us, we can't provide the service they require."

A spokeswoman for 24seven said power supplies were initially interrupted to four customers in Fore Street but supplies to around 60 customers were then cut off while the fault was "isolated".

She apologised for the length of time taken to repair the fault but added repair work had been hindered by yesterday's wet weather.


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