THE ELECTRICITY board blamed a fault in underground cable as 2,000 people were left without power in west Swindon on Monday night.

The powercut hit shortly before 8.45pm. The electricity was back on by 10pm.

A spokeswoman for Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks apologised for the fault.

"There was a fault on our high voltage network last night which affected 1,979 customers in the SN5 area of Swindon. Electricity supply was interrupted at 20.42 and reconnected by switching customers to another part of the network," she said.

"The fault is in an underground cable, so a full repair is being scheduled.

"SSEN would like to apologise for any inconvenience to customers from the loss of electricity."