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Cable theft leaves North Lincs villagers without broadband

Wednesday, October 23rd 2013 by Dean Reilly
Cable theft hits North Lincolnshire villages

Villagers in Althorpe and West Butterwick have been affected by the theft of copper cable from BT's network.

Dozens of residents in two North Lincolnshire communities have once again been left without broadband and home phone access following the latest in a string of cable thefts.

The villages of Althorpe and West Butterwick have been affected by the outage, which has been caused by the theft of more than 300m of copper cable, reports the South Yorkshire Times.

It is the fifth time in just over two years that the issue has affected householders in the area, with some customers forced to cope for almost a week without full use of their broadband and landline services.

BT has appealed for witnesses to the incident to come forward with information, admitting that the region has been affected by similar outages on numerous occasions.

In the wider DN17 postcode area, a total of 23 cable thefts have taken place in the last two years. The theft of 1,400m of cables earlier this year saw over 80 properties cut off from the broadband and home phone network.

A BT spokeswoman said: "This is an area which has suffered at the hands of cable thieves on several occasions now," adding no arrests have been made as yet regarding the latest incident.

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