Phones cut off as thieves steal cable

Work taking place near Naburn sewageworks

Work taking place near Naburn sewageworks

First published in News York Press: Photograph of the Author by , jennifer.bell@thepress.co.uk

RESIDENTS in a York village have been without phone lines and the internet after thieves stole 142 metres of cable.

Thieves used a vehicle to pull cable out of the ground from an underground exchange box just outside Naburn, near the sewage works on the B1222.

The theft took place between Saturday night and Sunday morning.

BT customers lost their connection and a company spokeswoman said 500 metres of a large cable now needed completely replaced. The company received 82 reported faults.

The spokeswoman said engineers began working yesterday to repair the damage.

She said: “We have suffered an attack on our network which has caused loss of service to customers in the Naburn area. Engineers are working to restore service to customers and we are giving this the highest priority.”

Engineers are inspecting the cable ducts and, if they are intact, they will run the new cable through and begin reconnecting customers one by one. She said BT hoped most customers would be back in service today.

One resident, Eric Broadbent, said: “I had got up Sunday morning and gone to check my emails when I noticed there was no blue light on the router. Then I realised the phone were not working either.

“It has caused quite a lot of disruption to the village – affecting both homes and businesses.”

The BT spokeswoman said: “Malicious damage and cable theft cause widespread disruption to local communities and we would appeal to anyone who saw anything suspicious to contact Crimestoppers.”

BT uses many security measures in the fight against cable theft, including RABIT technology that alerts police within minutes of a cable being cut, anywhere in the UK, SmartWater, the invisible paint that tags thieves and work with Crimestoppers, which offers up to £1,000 reward for information leading to arrests and subsequent convictions.

Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111, or police by phoning on 101.

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10:44am Wed 31 Oct 12

RingoStarr says...

Are there any loose horses on the verges in that area?
Are there any loose horses on the verges in that area? RingoStarr
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1:36pm Wed 31 Oct 12

ploughboy says...

The annoying thing about this type of crime is that somebody is going to buy this cable knowing its dodgy and get away with it. same thing with knicked farm tools.
The annoying thing about this type of crime is that somebody is going to buy this cable knowing its dodgy and get away with it. same thing with knicked farm tools. ploughboy
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4:40pm Wed 31 Oct 12

Theendoftheworld says...

No Ringo, they're all tethered with cable.
No Ringo, they're all tethered with cable. Theendoftheworld
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4:54pm Wed 31 Oct 12

RingoStarr says...

Theendoftheworld wrote:
No Ringo, they're all tethered with cable.
BRILLIANT!
[quote][p][bold]Theendoftheworld[/bold] wrote: No Ringo, they're all tethered with cable.[/p][/quote]BRILLIANT! RingoStarr
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7:06pm Wed 31 Oct 12

bob the builder says...

Evidently no RABIT here, in an out of the way location, or smartwater presumably? Pointless if it's all in city areas as rural locations are where they can remove cabling without being seen under cover of darkness.
Evidently no RABIT here, in an out of the way location, or smartwater presumably? Pointless if it's all in city areas as rural locations are where they can remove cabling without being seen under cover of darkness. bob the builder
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3:17am Thu 1 Nov 12

Gyspsy Power says...

Fair play to them. I hope they get a good price. Companies like BT have been raping the public these last few years
Fair play to them. I hope they get a good price. Companies like BT have been raping the public these last few years Gyspsy Power
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1:27am Fri 2 Nov 12

Magicman! says...

At least BT invest in their infastructure, which is more than can be said of Virgin Media.
At least BT invest in their infastructure, which is more than can be said of Virgin Media. Magicman!
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