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Phone cables vandalised in Dunton Green and Chipstead

By Claire McWethy

People and businesses were left without phone, internet and TV services after vandals targeted underground cables in west Kent.

Now crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers and Openreach, the digital infrastructure company are offering a reward of up to £1,000 for information about that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the attacks.

The first happened along London Road, Dunton Green between 11.30pm on May 18 and 1.30am on May 19.

People were unable to use their phones. Image Thinkstock

People were unable to use their phones. Image: Thinkstock

The second incident of vandalism happened in the same place between 11.30pm on May 24 and 1.30am on May 25, while the third took place in Chipstead Lane, Chipstead between 11pm on May 25 and 2am on May 26.

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 effected.

Bernie Auguste, general manager of security services for Openreach said: “These incidents have impacted on the day to day life of the people of Dunton Green and Chipstead areas of Kent.

"We are working closely with Kent 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 contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through the Anonymous Online Form.

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