A POWER cut struck areas of East Oxford this morning.

The outage caused by a cable fault began at around 10.30, affecting the Iffley and Cowley Road areas.

Tweets by colleges and businesses on Iffley Road and Magdalen Road said the outage had affected computer networks.

More than a thousand homes were affected during the one-hour outage while cafe and ice cream parlour George and Delila on Cowley Road said it was only affected by a momentary loss of power.

Others suggested a series of power surges had interrupted supplies throughout the morning.

SSEN, which is responsible for the supply, said the problem had now been fixed.

An SSEN spokesperson said: “It was a fault with a cable at about 10.30 in the morning.

“It resulted in 1,276 customers in the Iffley Road area being without power until 11.30am.

“SSEN would like to apologise to its customers for the inconvenience caused and to thank them for their patience while work was carried out to restore their power.”

Meanwhile, there was another power cut elsewhere in Oxfordshire affecting about a thousand customers.

An SSEN spokesperson said: “At 14:27 this afternoon Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) was alerted to a power cut in the Wallingford, Cholsey and Wheatley areas affecting just over 1,000 customers.

“SSEN engineers immediately attended to find the fault had been caused by an overhead cable coming down. All but 58 customers have had their power restored and it's anticipated that those off supply will be back on by 20:30 this evening.

“SSEN would like to thank its customers for their patience while engineers work to safely restore their supply.”

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