Bath transmitter is fixed after arson attack

Bath transmitter at Bathampton
Image caption Engineers switched off the power supply to carry out safety work

Electricity has been restored to the Bath transmitter which feeds television and radio broadcasts to 80,000 homes after a fire caused a power cut.

The fire, which was reported shortly before 06:00 GMT, took hold in three sheds at the site in Bathampton.

All Freeview television channels, BBC Radio Bristol's 104.6 FM, national analogue, digital radio channels and mobile networks were affected.

Avon and Somerset Police believe the fire was started deliberately.

Engineers from Arqiva, which owns the transmitter, had to switch off the power supply to the transmitter to assess the damage to the structure.

A spokesman from Arqiva said there was fire damage to multiple feeders on the transmitter structure.

The feeders carry the digital signals between the antenna and transmitter.

He added: "Some radio services have been given a temporary feed to help restore the service quickly whilst repairs are undertaken.

"Television and national and some local radio stations are now fully back on air."

Last April, a transmitter on Dundry Lane in Bristol was also damaged deliberately, disrupting radio broadcasts.

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