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Belvedere homes without telephone after attempted cable theft

PUBLISHED: 17:37 24 January 2012

The cable

The cable

Archant

Thousands of homes were left without telephone lines after thieves tried to steal 163 metres of underground cable in Lesnes Abbey Woods.

The incident happened in the bridleway between Kingswood Avenue and Lesnes Abbey Woods, Belvedere last Thursday (19), between 11pm and midnight.

Bexley’s Metal Theft Task Force is appealing for information and witnesses after the thieves damaged the gates and fencing alongside the woods when trying to drag up the cable with a vehicle.

Acting Inspector James Coomber said: “To repair the damage will cost thousands of pounds and potentially as many as 2,000 homes may be without telephone lines for anything up to a week.

This was a deliberate and planned attack and we are appealing to local people who may have seen someone acting suspiciously in the bridleway, prior to the incident, to contact police.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101. To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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