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Last Updated: Friday, 29 August, 2003, 13:09 GMT 14:09 UK
Brighton hit by power cut
Parts of Brighton have been hit by a major power cut - hours after a huge loss of electricity caused havoc for commuters in London and the South East.

Nearly 1,000 Brighton homes and businesses were without electricity at the peak of the problem on Friday morning.

The Peacehaven, Saltdean and Telscombe Cliffs areas of the Sussex city were affected by the power cut early on Friday morning.

Electricity supplier EDF Energy said power was restored by 1000 BST, but it had still caused disruption.

Paul Cartwright runs his business Red Marketing from his Brighton home and told the BBC his morning's work was disrupted by the power cut when his electricity went off more than once.

Stranded on trains

He said: "There is a very big small business sector in this area.

"You start a job and then five minutes later the power goes down and you lose everything that you've worked upon.

And we are working to tight deadlines."

The massive power cut in London on Thursday night has been described as "an absolute disgrace" by the capital's mayor Ken Livingstone.

Many commuters from the South East had their journeys home delayed as it left thousands of people stranded on trains and underground services after power to the lines was lost.

Among the London stations affected were Victoria and Charing Cross from where trains run to Surrey and Sussex.

EDF Energy, the electricity company newly formed from the merger of Seeboard and London Electricity, said the problems in Brighton were not connected to the power cut in London.

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