SMALL explosions were heard in St Neots following a technical fault at a power station just outside the town. A number of residents in St Neots and the Eatons heard loud noises coming from Little Barford Power Station on Tuesday (December 8) at 9.50pm.

SMALL explosions were heard in St Neots following a technical fault at a power station just outside the town.

A number of residents in St Neots and the Eatons heard loud noises coming from Little Barford Power Station on Tuesday (December 8) at 9.50pm.

According to the online forum www.st-neots.co.uk residents reported hearing several small explosions and seeing blue steam coming from the site.

A spokeswoman from Npower said the noise had been caused by a fault at the power station.

She said: "The technical fault meant steam needed to be released through the station's safety valves and this release of steam could be seen and heard in the area around the power station. This situation doesn't happen often but is the normal procedure if the station goes off line quickly.

"We apologise for the noise and any alarm caused but can reassure people that no one inside or outside the power station was put in any danger."

The spokesman added that there had not been any explosions but loud bangs would have been heard as the steam was released.

She said the power station remained offline on Wednesday (December) while the company investigated the cause of the fault.

Although 999 calls were made by members of the public, the emergency services were not required.

A route training exercise is being held at the power station site on Wednesday evening (December 9) by Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service.

The power station has been in operation since 1996 and employs 65 staff.