Reward is on offer to catch cable thieves

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Crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers and Openreach have joined forces in an attempt to clamp down on cable theft that has left people without phone, TV and broadband services.

Doncaster is a “hot spot” for cable theft with 60 incidents recorded since April.

Hundreds of thousands of pounds of cable has been stolen, leading to the communications company offering a £2,000 reward for information that leads to a conviction.

Bernie Auguste, head of security for Openreach, said the company was working hard to prevent attacks and to get those affected reconnected: “We are asking for people to be particularly vigilant for unmarked vehicles and individuals that appear to be working on or near man hole covers or telephone poles, particularly at irregular hours. By working together we can send a clear message to thieves that theft will not be tolerated within the community.”

Dave Hunter, Crimestoppers’ regional manager for Yorkshire and Humberside, said: “Cable theft not only causes inconvenience to the local community, but it is also dangerous as it can impact the 999 network, phone-based telecare systems and isolate vulnerable individuals with no other means of communication.

Contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org.