Pheasant knocks out power to 18,000 homes

A pheasant flying into a power cable knocked out power to 18,000 Hampshire homes.

Monday, 28th November 2016, 8:55 am
Updated Tuesday, 6th December 2016, 3:57 pm

The outage left Christmas shoppers in Winchester out in the cold as shops lost supplies after the incident.

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Southern and Scottish Electricity Network workmen took an hour to restore power yesterday afternoon.

A company spokeswoman said: ‘It would appear a pheasant flew into a high voltage cable, causing the power cut.

She confirmed that around 18,000 homes across Winchester had been affected.