More than 400 businesses and homes were without electricity after two power cuts hit the city centre. 

Shops closed early in Coppergate Centre, cash machines didn't work and York Crown Court had to abandon two sentencings when the lights unexpectedly went out. 

Jorvik Viking Centre, where visitors travel on time cars underground, was also among those affected.

A spokesman said; "We, along with other businesses in Coppergate, suffered a power cut this afternoon.  We have established procedures to ensure visitors can exit the building safely under such circumstances, and these operated perfectly. 

"As of 5pm today, power has been restored and we look forward to welcoming visitors back tomorrow morning.  Anyone whose visit was disrupted has been offered a return visit.

The first power cut happened at about 4.10pm and affected 440 homes and businesses in an area bounded by Piccadilly, Tower Street, the River Ouse, Bridge Street, Pavement, and the River Foss. The lights were out for an hour.

Fifteen minutes after the first properties went dark, a second power cut affected 40 properties mostly along Piccadilly and Fossgate.  Power has now been restored to them as well.