25 November 2015

We have joined with partner Openreach (a BT Group Business) to appeal for information after malicious damage to the telecommunications network in Kings Cross, London, left nearby businesses and homes without telephone and broadband services.
The incident occurred on the junction of Northdown Street and Pentonville Road (A501) at approximately 00.30hrs on Wednesday November 18.

The damage left parts of central London without communications services as engineers worked around the clock to ensure disruption was kept to a minimum. 

Reward for information

Openreach and Crimestoppers offer rewards of up to £1,000 for information on cable thieves that leads to an arrest and conviction.  Information can be given anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or filling in the Anonymous Online Form

Regan Hook, Regional Manager for Crimestoppers in London, said: “Damaging the telecommunications network in this way was not only reckless but dangerous and someone could have been hurt.

“There are people out there who know who is responsible and I would urge you to contact Crimestoppers anonymously.

“We don’t take personal details and we can’t trace calls or information given online. We don’t want to know who you are, just what you know.

“Help us to ensure that these individuals cannot strike again.”

Crimestoppers and Openreach began working together in February 2011 and since then have been encouraging more people to help stop malicious damage being caused to this vital national infrastructure.

Richard Ginnaw, from Openreach Security, said: “The attack occurred at separate locations 30 metres a part along the busy A501 Pentonville Road in the heart of London.

“Our engineers have worked tirelessly to restore service to the businesses and homes impacted by this crime within our capital. We are also working closely with the Police to find the individuals responsible.

“If you saw anything suspicious within the Kings Cross area on Wednesday evening, please do not hesitate to call Crimestoppers and help us to bring the people responsible for this crime to justice.”

BT uses many security measures to protect its network, which includes its alarm technology RABIT (Rapid Assessment BT Incident Tracker) which was activated within seconds of these incidents happening.

Do you know who is responsible?

If you have any information on this incident please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through our Anonymous Online Form