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Attempted Sidcup copper theft downs BT connections

PUBLISHED: 13:44 13 November 2012

BT say the problems have been caused by criminal damage in Halfway Street

BT say the problems have been caused by criminal damage in Halfway Street

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More than 500 homes lost their BT phone and internet connections after an attempted copper theft in Sidcup.

Customers started reporting problems yesterday afternoon (November 12) and connections were still not up and running by the following afternoon.

The company says the criminal damage took place in Halfway Street.

Norfolk Crescent resident Grant Blowers said on Twitter on Tuesday: “Just checked my landline and it is still down. This is serious now @BTCare, how am I going to do work?”

It is the third time this year people have stolen copper cable (or tried to) in Sidcup.

In July this year more than 400 homes lost their BT service in the town after copper theft near Ferby Court, the second time it had happened in six months.

A BT spokesperson said: “We have hundreds of customers affected by this mindless criminal act.

“We are currently renewing a large section of damaged cable and will be working through the night as we start to restore the service.”

Anyone who saw anything suspicious around Halfway Street should call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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