200 Harby homes and businesses left without phone and internet services after 4000 metres of copper cable stolen – Lincolnshire Live

The thieves lifted manhole covers to get to the cabling
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Engineers are facing a huge repair job likely to last into next week to restore phone and broadband services to 200 homes and businesses in Harby after thieves lifted manhole covers to steal more than 4,000 metres of copper cabling. A spokesman for Openreach said: “We’re really disappointed that villagers in Harby are having to bear the brunt of criminal behaviour and theft from our network.
“More than 4,000 metres of underground cable was taken earlier this week and damage to the network is causing disruption to phone and broadband services for around 200 local homes and businesses. Engineers are already on-site and have been working overnight to restore phone and broadband to those impacted as quickly as possible.
"We’ve also brought in extra resources from as far away as the West Midlands. However, this is a huge job and despite our best efforts, repairs are very likely to run into next week due to the extent of the damage. We urge people to report any suspicious activity that they spot in and around our infrastructure to the police.”
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Lincolnshire Police has issued an appeal for information. A spokesman said: "Police incident 88 of May 22 relates to the theft of underground telecommunication cable. The area involved stretches from the A156 junction near to Broadholme village towards Harby.
"The offenders have accessed the cable via manhole covers and have dragged out hundreds of metres of copper core cable, destroying fibre optic cable in the process. This was reported to the police at 6am on May 22 but we believe the theft most likely occurred in the early hours of that morning.
"Did anyone see anything you think was suspicious in the area at around that time? Maybe someone was on their way to work and saw a vehicle parked along the route in the early hours?" Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting incident 88 of May 22.

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