Around 600 homes were deprived of internet access and telephones after thieves stole copper cables.
The cables were taken from a manhole in the town of Bishopbriggs in Scotland at around 2am last Thursday, according to reports from local newspaper the Kirkintilloch Herald.
Dominic Notarangelo, chairman of Bishopbriggs Community Council, told the publication that he discovered the outage at around six in the morning as he tried to get online with his laptop. He added that the theft has had a big impact on the area.
“There are a lot of elderly people in Bishopbriggs who could be left in vulnerable situations,” said Notarangelo. “People have been going to the library to use computers to get online.”
Police investigated the theft and arrested a 36-year-old man for the theft of BT cable in the Bishopbriggs area.
Chief Inspector Rob Hay, area commander for East Dunbartonshire said the theft had caused “significant disruption” to the local community including “loss of power and telephony which affects the vulnerable members of the community who reply on these services.”
Hay also warned that this type of crime was also “extremely dangerous” to the perpetrators.
Following the theft, BT engineers turned up on site to repair the damages and at the time of writing it was hoped that services to residents in the area could be restored by Sunday evening.
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