Friday 11 March 2016
Along with partner Openreach (a BT Group Business) we are appealing for information after malicious damage to the telecommunications network in New Cross and Vauxhall.
The two incidents both occurred on Tuesday 8th March and left nearby homes and businesses without telephone and broadband services for hours.
The first incident occurred at 2.45pm when an underground telecommunications cable was cut along Kennington Lane, Vauxhall.
This was followed by a second similar incident along Briant Street in New Cross at 8.30pm. Openreach engineers worked around the clock to restore service at both locations to minimise disruption to local residents and businesses.
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 both incidents happening.
Along with Openreach, we 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.
Roger Critchell, Director of Operations for Crimestoppers, said: “To have two incidents so close to each other on the same day is worrying and hugely inconvenient for the people affected.
“What might seem like a small crime, really isn’t, which is why I am asking members of the public with any information to contact us anonymously. We never ask any of your personal details and nobody will know you contacted us.”
Bernie Auguste, from Openreach Security, said: “The actions of the individuals responsible for these crimes has resulted in the loss of telephone and broadband services. This has impacted on the lives of two adjacent communities in the surrounding areas. These incidents took place less than four miles from each other and only a few hours apart and we are calling on anyone who may have seen anything suspicious, however small to contact Crimestoppers.”
If you have any information on this incident please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through our Anonymous Online Form.