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Power cut forces closure of paper’s office

Staff working at a weekly newspaper office have been forced to work from other bases after a leak caused problems with the electricity supply.

The Croydon Advertiser’s office has been closed since Monday after a leaking air conditioning unit soaked the main fuse board controlling the power supply into the building.

But Alan Geere, regional editorial director at Northcliffe Media’s South East division, said all staff had been deployed to other bases in the area and production of papers had not been affected.

And he praised workers who had ‘pulled out all the stops’ to ensure the papers could be published as normal.

Alan said the problems with the power supply had been discovered on Monday morning and it was unclear if the leak had been caused by the bitterly cold weather which has hit the country.

He said electricity contractors were at the site to assess the situation but it was expected the office would be closed for around two weeks, as the fuse board would need to be dried out or replaced.

Said Alan: “We have people distributed all over the South East which is a fantastic achievement considering we are in a big freeze.

“It will be closed for around two weeks but it is difficult to know exactly. We are in the hands of the technical experts. We are not going to let anybody back in if it is remotely dangerous.

“It is very much business as usual. I would like to give a hats off to everybody who has pulled out all the stops to make sure the papers have not been affected.”

Staff from the Croydon Advertiser office, which also produces the free Midweek Advertiser, are now working from other Northcliffe bases in Crawley, Dorking and Redhill and phone lines have been diverted.

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  • December 23, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Is this the same Croydon Advertiser that could not get off his backside earlier this week to track down pictures of the Asbo twins?

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