ABOUT 2,000 homes were without power yesterday morning.

Engineers investigating the power cut in Nunthorpe and Marton, both Middlesbrough, said it was caused by a suspect piece of underground cable.

The power went off at 10.45am and 1,600 homes were restored by 12.15pm.

Another 200 homes had their power back on by 1pm, but 200 homes in the Selby Road, Rosedale Road and Beverley Road area of Nunthorpe were restored to power by early evening, although several homes were relying on generators to provide their power