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BT offers reward for cable theft information

Thursday, June 14th 2012
Up to £1,000 is being offered for information leading to the conviction of thieves who targeted a cable under Loch Carron.
BT offers reward for cable theft information
BT is offering a reward of up to £1,000 for information that leads to the conviction of criminals who cut a fibre optic broadband cable running under Loch Carron in Scotland.

The incident, which saw the 1,000 m fibre optic link severed by criminals who are thought to have mistaken it for copper cable, left thousands of homes and businesses in the rural Highlands region without internet connectivity last week.

Speaking to the Press Association, the telecoms giant's senior operations manager in the Highlands and Islands Robert Morrison said the company's engineers "worked their socks off" to restore connectivity to 7,000 customers in the area.

"I really can't praise their efforts highly enough as the sea was virtually lapping at their feet when they finished connecting the links in the loch," he explained.

The outage affected customers served by the Ardvaser, Balallan, Duntulm, Glendale, Glenshiel, Kilillan, Scalpay, Skeabost and Uig exchanges.

A BT spokesman branded the incident as a sign of the "times we live in".

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