Several thousand properties were affected as a major power cut swept across the island.

The wide spread power cut affected many traders and residents, during the early hours of today.

Homes and businesses in at least six roads on Canvey lost power including High Street, Maple Way, Eastern Esplanade, Cedar Road and others.

A spokesman for UK Power Networks said: “Engineers worked quickly to restore power supplies on Canvey Island this morning after a fault on a high voltage overhead cable interrupted supplies to several thousand customers at 5.13am.

“All supplies were restored to customers by 5.21am.”