Harrogate town centre power cut

Fire crews rescued nine people who became trapped in a lift during a power cut that affected over 500 properties in Harrogate town centre.

Six women and three children were freed from a lift in Marks and Spencer on Cambridge Street, after being stuck for around 15 minutes.

“They were all in good spirits,” said watchmanager Andy Creasey, “they were very jovial about it all.”

He added: “They hadn’t been there for very long but it was already getting hot and uncomfortable, the staff at the shop had kept in communication with them throughout.”

Marks and Spencer, was one of the few town centre shops to remain open on Monday (September 30) afternoon, using a back up generator to provide power.

Banks and business were forced to shut when the electricity supply whent down at around 2:15pm.

Christopher Stoner of Christopher Stoner jewellers on Princes Street was forced to close his doors.

At the time of the power cut he said: “We have a manual locking system which we are using, for security issues we had to shut the doors.

“We are working in the darkness, the banks are closed too, half of James Street seems to be out and Princes Street.”

Fire crews stepped in to help a disabled man who was stuck on the third floor of St Peters Church on Cambridge Street when the powercut put the lift out of use.

A spokesperson from Northern Powergrid said that power had been restored to ll 561 prpoerties by 5:25pm on Tuesday.

He blamed the issue on a problem with an underground high voltage cable and said that engineers were still working onidenitifying and repairing the fault.

The spokesperson said the power cuts were not linked to ongoing improvement works at Harlow Moor.