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Cable thieves cause phone failure
A SIX-DAY phone blackout hit homes in Westcliff after thieves cut underground cabling in an attempt to steal it.
Residents were left without a landline connection, causing widespread disruption.
Phone company BT have now appealed for help in tracking down the people responsible.
Bernard Bowden, of Springfield Drive, Westcliff, “I picked up the phone on the Friday morning and it was dead.
“Not everyone in our road lost connection, so it seems to have been selective on which houses were affected.
“It’s been a real problem, and I’ve had to use my mobile for everything so it’s cost me a fortune.
You always expect to be able to pick up the phone and dial a number – you never realise how much you use it until you don’t have it.
“There must be a lot of people who don’t own mobiles, and find their phones dead with no way to find out what has happened.”
BT engineers have brought in new cabling and reconnected the service.
A spokesman from BT said: “We suffered malicious cuts to underground cabling in an apparent attempted theft of cable which has been affecting some services in the area.
“We appeal to local residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour in or around street cabinets or manhole covers immediately.”
A BT partnership with Crimestoppers offers up to £1,000 reward for information leading to arrests and successful convictions. Call anonymously and free on 0800 555111.
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