Squirrel causes power cut for 1,000 Cambridgeshire homes

Electricity chiefs this morning blamed a squirrel for a fault which left 1,000 homes without power.

Thursday, 8th December 2016, 4:29 pm
Updated Wednesday, 14th December 2016, 1:49 pm

The rodent sparked a fault with an underground power cable, cutting off the electric supply to buildings in Huntingdon, between 9.45am and 11.15am on Thursday, December 8.

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UK Power Networks confirmed the squirrel caused the loss of power and said an investigation is now underway.

A spokesman for the power company said: “The cause is believed to have been a squirrel coming into contact with high voltage overhead power lines.”