Fratton Park and homes pludged into darkness by power failure

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MORE THAN 5,000 homes were plunged into darkness and the Pompey game was suspended when a power cut struck the city.

It happened at 3.30pm on Saturday when a high voltage fault occurred on the Southern Electric network.

Fans were shocked when Fratton Park was plunged into darkness during the game with Leeds on Saturday. After 10 minutes the lights came on and the match began again, only for the power to cut out again three minutes before the end.

It was the result of engineers switching the power supply around the city. It eventually came on again shortly afterwards so that the game could play on for the final three minutes, ending 2 - 2.

Elsewhere there were intermittent power surges from Copnor Bridge to Southsea. All power was returned by 5.20pm. A spokesman for Southern Electric said: ‘We do apologise and hope it did not disturb the match too much. We had to temporarily disrupt the supply in order to bring supplies back on for several hundred properties affected in that area. It is now all up and running again.’