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Crimestoppers appeal for information on Sidcup cable thefts

PUBLISHED: 15:13 03 February 2012

A similar incident happened in Lesnes Abbey Woods on January 19 when would-be thieves tried to steal 163 metres of underground cable.

A similar incident happened in Lesnes Abbey Woods on January 19 when would-be thieves tried to steal 163 metres of underground cable.

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Crimestoppers is appealing for information after at least 500 homes were left without a phone line following an attempted copper cable theft.

The incident took place in Hatherley Road, Sidcup, in broad daylight at around 11.45am on Tuesday and affected houses and businesses on Longmeadow Road, Old Farm Avenue and Pinewood Avenue.

Pensioner Bob Coote, 80, of Longmeadow Road, described the situation as “horrendous” and was initially told that it could take up to one week to repair, his line has since been reinstated.

Steve Mellers from Kent Crimestoppers said: “This is a despicable crime that causes huge inconvenience to local people.

“The community can play their part in bringing the people responsible for this crime to justice by contacting Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through our secure online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

“Don’t let these individuals cause us more disruption. We don’t want to know who you are, only who they are.”

The crime fighting charity is teaming up with BT group Openreach for the appeal.

Despite the fact that this is the first incident to occur in Sidcup, only two weeks ago, criminals tried to steal 163 metres of underground cable in Lesnes Abbey Woods on January 19.

Up-to 2,000 homes were left without telephone lines after the would be theft took place in the bridleway between Kingswood Avenue and Lesnes Abbey Woods, Belvedere between 11pm and midnight.

BT security manager for cable theft, Luke Beeson said: “The actions of cable thieves are completely indiscriminate and can often adversely affect the most vulnerable people in communities and disrupt life for others in so many ways, so if you have any information about this incident, then please call Crimestoppers.


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