Lympstone Marine camp and Woodbury homes left without power

HUNDREDS of homes in Woodbury were on Saturday left in darkness and without power when a high-voltage electricity cable developed a fault.

HUNDREDS of homes in Woodbury were on Saturday left in darkness and without power when a high-voltage electricity cable developed a fault.

Royal Marines returning to camp at Lympstone after their festive break were also affected by the fault and without power for several days.

Electricity company Western Power said some 479 homes in Woodbury were without power for approximately 45 minutes, while others were affected for several hours.

The Marine camp was without power until Monday.


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A Royal Marine Commando Training Centre spokesman said within hours of the power cut, arrangements were made to temporarily restore all essential services while Western Power fixed a damaged cable under the A376 road outside the camp.

Generators laid on by Western Power resulted in most of the camp's facilities running as normal, including serving hot food to the Marines.

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The camp spokesman said: "It was hardly noticed and the effect was minimal.

"We put contingency plans into place and very quickly the situation was reversed

"As personnel started to return from Christmas leave on Sunday arrangements had already been put in place regarding alternative facilities.

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