Belfast hit by temporary blackout after fault

A blackout hit Belfast tonight after a fault with the network left the entire city without power temporarily amid heavy snow.

Northern Ireland Electricity said it was the first time "in decades" an outage of this scale had happened in the city, UTV reported.

The firm said an issue with the high voltage transmission network left the Belfast area without power just after 7.30pm for around 10 minutes.

Although all customer affected by this power cut had their electricity supply restored, around 44,000 homes in Northern Ireland are still without electricity due to poor weather.