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Northern Ireland cashpoints affected by power cut

Around 25 Santander cash machines were out of action across Northern Ireland yesterday after a power cut affected the bank.

Online services for Santander customers were also affected, though the bank said the problem was rectified by last night.

Power failed at around 11am yesterday after internal testing, cutting off the power to around 2,000 cashpoints in the UK.

But customers were still able to use their cards to pay at tills and could get cash-back if required.

Alliance & Leicester, which is owned by Santander, was not affected by the blip.

Santander customers were also still able to withdraw cash from other banks’ cash machines.

“We apologise for the inconvenience caused to customers,” a spokesman said.

In January, Santander started renaming all 1,045 branches of the former Abbey and Bradford & Bingley bank.

Santander bought Abbey in 2004 and then bought both the Bradford & Bingley and the Alliance & Leicester (A&L) in 2008.

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