MORE than 4,000 Wearside homes were hit by a power cut.
The incident happened when an 11,000-volt cable was damaged, leaving properties in Houghton, East and West Rainton, Rainton Gate, Hetton and Chilton Moor in darkness.
The cause of the power cut, which happened just after 7am yesterday, is still being investigated.
A NEDL spokesman said engineers attended the site and switched the network to an alternative supply. Power was restored at 8.43am.
He added: “We apologise to our customers for the inconvenience.”