Power failure is glum start to New Year

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It was a bleak start to the New Year for some Dunstable town centre businesses, hit by a power failure which lasted more than a day.

Traffic lights at pedestrian crossings in West Street and in High Street South, near the town centre crossroads, were also affected.

Latte Heaven, in High Street South, was left without mains electricity from around 8.45am on Thursday, January 2.

The popular eaterie managed to reopen at about 11.30am on Friday, powered by an emergency generator.

Nick Smith, joint owner of Latte Heaven, told the Gazette: “It was devastating to return from the New Year break and not be able to trade.”

A spokesperson for UK Power Networks said that the problem was caused by a fault on the underground electricity network on Thursday.

According to the spokesperson, power supplies to seven customers in the High Street South area were affected.

The spokesperson said: “UK Power Networks engineers worked hard to restore power as soon as we could.”

A further 13 customers were left without power on Friday for around an hour while supplies were being reconnected.

The spokesperson said: “We understand how difficult it is to be without power and we apologise for any inconvenience caused by this incident.”