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Theft of copper cables blamed for village telephone outages

Residents in some villages outside Melton have been left without telephone services due to a number of thefts in the area.

Some residents in Gaddesby and Thorpe Satchville, near Melton, have been without a landline telephone for nearly a week while BT work to carry out repairs following a number of copper cable thefts in the area.

BT have apologised to customers who have been disrupted by the thefts. Photo: BT

A spokesperson for Openreach said: “We’re really disappointed that villagers in and around Gaddesby, near Melton Mowbray, are having to bear the brunt of criminal behaviour and theft from our network.

“More than 6,000 metres of underground cable was taken during two separate recent incidents and this damage is causing disruption to phone and broadband services to hundreds of local homes and businesses. We understand how frustrating this is."

“Our engineers are working day and night to restore phone and broadband to those impacted as quickly as possible and some people should already be back up and running. However, this is a huge job and despite our best efforts, repairs are very likely to continue until at least the end of the week.

“We urge people to report any suspicious activity that they spot in and around our infrastructure to the police.”

In a statement Leicestershire Police said: "Two thefts of copper cabling have been reported to police in the Ashby Folville area.

One happened sometime between 24 and 25 May in Ashby Road while the other happened in the early hours of 16 June in Great Dalby Road."

Police confirmed that enquiries are being carried out and local officers are aware of these recent thefts.

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