The risk of power cuts to factories and homes this winter has increased, the National Grid warned, as the business secretary prepared for a crunch meeting with industry bosses concerned the energy crisis may force them to scale back production.
More than 500 homes and premises have been affected across Stockport, Tameside and north Manchester. The largest of the three power cuts is affecting Stockport, where Electricity North West says 351 customers are without power.
Some 379 people were affected by a power cut in the Waveney area. The power cut, which affected homes across a large rural area near both Beccles and Lowestoft, was caused when an overhead electricity cable faulted.
Almost 2,000 properties in Bedwirth, including businesses in the town centre, were without power. Businesses in the town centre left without power and were unable to open, with burglar alarms left blaring. Electricity was later restored.
Properties across the city centre were left without electricity on Wednesday and were told by Western Power Distribution (WPD) that this was due to a power cut in the NP20 and NP19 postcode areas, and apologised to people affected by the loss of supply.
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