Phone lines cut in Tweedbank

Hundreds of households were left without phone or broadband services after cabling was cut in Tweedbank in the Scottish Borders.

A manhole was tampered with near Galafoot Bridge and 800 telephone and broadband lines were damaged.

The incident occurred between 00:00 and 02:00 on Wednesday 26 July.

An Openreach spokesman said:

“We believe cable thieves cut through an underground cable near in near Galafoot Bridge in Tweedbank in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Damage was caused to a major cable which provides phone and broadband services to parts of Tweedbank. Engineers have now restored all services.

“Metal theft is a continuing problem in the UK, affecting many industry sectors. An Openreach partnership with Crimestoppers offers up to £1,000 reward for information leading to arrests and subsequent successful convictions. People can call anonymously and free on 0800 555 111. Network security is of paramount importance to us, and Openreach uses many security measures in the fight against cable theft."

Jim Scott Metal Theft Lead at the Scottish Business Resilience Centre said,

“This shows that even with the new legislation and cashless transactions in force individuals are still prepared to commit this type of crime to make a profit. Incidents like this cause major disruption for communities and businesses alike. Unfortunately over the last couple of months we are seeing an increase in metal theft related incidents throughout several areas of Scotland.”    

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