An ‘unexpected’ power cut has left more than 60 homes without electricity.

The cut was first reported on Thursday evening and has effected a total of 67 homes across the Walkden area.

Homes and businesses across the M28 3LL, M28 3WU, M28 3NU and M28 3WT postcodes have lost power and engineers have now been dispatched to try and solve the problem.

A statement from Electricity North West said: “This power cut has been caused by an unexpected incident with the underground cable that provides electricity to your home or business.

“We didn't know before your electricity went off that this was going to happen but now we know, rest assured we will get your power back on safely and as quickly as possible.

“Please note that all our timescales are estimated based on previous experience and may change if new information becomes available while our engineers are fixing the issue.

“With underground power cuts, we may need to dig to repair the cable and this can sometime extend the length of time you are without power.”

The utilities company currently estimates that power should be restored to all of the homes in question by around 1.35am in the early hours of Friday morning.