Thursday 9th March 2017

Alongside Openreach, BT’s local network business, we are appealing for information relating to two separate attacks on the communications network in Sunbury, Surrey.

The vandalism of underground communications cables occurred along Sutherland Avenue, Sunbury, between the hours of 12pm and 1pm on Tuesday 7th March 2017.

The damage left local homes and businesses without use of their phone lines, broadband and TV services. Openreach engineers worked around the clock to restore services to those customers that were effected.

Openreach uses a number of security measures to protect its network, including its alarm technology RABIT (Rapid Assessment BT Incident Tracker). The RABIT system was activated in both incidents, resulting in the police being alerted.

Openreach has a partnership with Crimestoppers that offers a reward of up to £1,000 for information on vandalism and cable thefts, which leads to the arrests and subsequent successful convictions of those responsible. If you have any information on this incident please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through the Anonymous Online Form.

Crimestoppers Volunteer Chair for Surrey, Ian Chandler, said: “Incidents such as these cause major disruption to the local community and it’s infuriating to think people believe the can get away with this.

“I’d ask anyone who has any information on who committed this crime to contact Crimestoppers anonymously, safe in the knowledge that no-one will know you spoke to us, and that you have done the right thing for your community.”

Bernie Auguste, General Manager of Security Services for Openreach said “These incidents have impacted on the day to day life of the people of Sunbury. We are working closely with Surrey Police to bring the people responsible for these crimes to justice. We have deployed additional security enhancements within the area, but we also need your help. Please be vigilant and if you saw anything suspicious on or around the time of the incidents then please contact Crimestoppers or the Police.”

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

 

 ENDS