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Thousands affected by power cut

The firm said it reconnected thousands of customers overnight

Several thousand people in Kent were affected by a power cut on Sunday night, the energy firm EDF has said.

The outage started just before 2000 GMT on Sunday and the final 418 customers were reconnected on Monday morning.

The firm, which covers Sussex, Surrey and Kent, issued a statement on Monday which said the rest of the network was not experiencing problems.

EDF apologised for the inconvenience and said it operated a power cut helpline for people across the region.

It added that it had "robust emergency plans in place" to cope with severe weather.

The power cut in Kent affected people in the Longfield and New Barn area and was because of a fault on an overhead electricity line.

Most customers had their power supply restored by about 0200 GMT, EDF said.

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