MORE than 300 homes in a Dorset town were without electricity late at night after an underground cable fault sparked a power outage.

A fault in the local underground cable network cut the power to 306 properties in the Maple Way, Laburnum Way, Chestnut Way and Clarendon Close areas of Gillingham at 10.59pm on Monday, January 11.

SSEN workers quickly set to work restoring power to affected homes, as engineers re-routed the affected supplies to different parts of its network. This method allowed SSEN to restore power to numerous properties in stages.

All 306 affected properties had their power restored by 1.59am on Tuesday, January 12.

An investigation has been launched by SSEN to identify the section of cable which caused the power outage.

A spokesman from Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) said: “We would like to apologise to customers who were affected by this power cut and assure them that our teams did all they could to get their power back on as safely and as quickly as possible.”