More than 50 homes near Swindon have been left without power due to an underground fault.

People living in Royal Wootton Bassett have been left in the dark after a power cut has hit the town on Wednesday, May 15.

The loss of power is affecting 59 homes across six postcodes in the SN4 area and was first reported just before 9am.

SSEN say that they are aware of the power cut but are still waiting for updates from engineers and so are unable to give an estimated time of when power could return.

The issue is primarily affecting homes on Blain Place, Farne Way and Garraways.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: The area affected by the power cut.The area affected by the power cut. (Image: SSEN)

"We're very sorry for the power cut and we are aware of a fault on our local network affecting several homes," said a spokesperson for SSEN.

"We are arranging for engineers to get to the local area to investigate the issue and attempt to restore power.

"The cause of this power cut is a fault in our underground network. This is the most common type of fault we see and our teams are very experienced in dealing with these issues.

"In most cases, our engineers are able to restore power by replacing a fuse at the local substation. However, if the fault is severe, we may need to make full repairs which can take longer."