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A businessman accidentally discovered that he had been paying to light up part of a town centre for nearly 50 years. Norman Jacobs, 73, was amazed to find that two council street lights in Wisbech, Cambs, were plugged into the electricity supply in a building he owned.

"Council engineers came out to find out why the street lights had gone off and discovered a wire linking them into my electricity supply," Mr Jacobs explained.

He is now talking to Fenland District Council, which owns the lights, about compensation for nearly half a century of additional electricity costs. He said estimates of the bill ranged from pounds 1,500 to pounds 7,000.A council spokesman said each light would not use more than pounds 20 worth of electricity each year.