Alongside partner Openreach, Britain’s digital network business, we are appealing for information relating to malicious damage to the telecommunications network in the Conisbrough area, Doncaster, which left homes and businesses without telephone and broadband services.

The incident occurred along Edlington Lane, Edlington, at approximately 11.30pm on Wednesday February 21st.

To minimize disruption to local residents and businesses, engineers are working around the clock to restore service to the impacted area as quickly as possible.

BT uses many security measures in the fight against cable theft, which includes its alarm technology RABIT (Rapid Assessment BT Incident Tracker), which was activated within seconds of the incident happening.

Openreach has a partnership with us that offers up to £1,000 rewards for information on cable thieves that lead to arrests and subsequent successful convictions. People can call the charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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

Gemma Wilson, Yorkshire Regional Manager for Crimestoppers, said: “Cable cuts and theft can often be seen as a victimless crime, but this particular incident has left a community without important services for a period of time, which is a big inconvenience.

“Our charity is here for people to give information on those committing these crimes. We don’t judge those who contact us. Don’t ask any personal details. We simply pass on what you know. You’ll remain 100% anonymous. Always.”

Richard Ginnaw, head of security operations for Openreach, said:  “This mindless attack on our network has left more than 100 homes and businesses without access to phone and internet connections. Engineers are working as quickly as they can to repair the cut cable and we would urge anyone who saw anything suspicious or knows anything about this attack to call Crimestoppers.”

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