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The 0800 crime-fighting reporting line Crimestoppers and Openreach (a BT Group Business) are appealing for information relating to damage to its telecommunications network after damage in Croydon in February.

The damage was caused at about 10.30am on Tuesday February 19 on Southbridge Place, affecting Openreach customers. This is not the first incident in the Croydon area.

This malicious damage disrupted services for hundreds of residents and businesses, causing themnconvenience, and in some cases, costing money.

Crimestoppers and Openreach began working together in February 2011 and have been encouraging more people to help stop malicious damage being caused to national infrastructure.

Crimestoppers’ Regional Manager for London, Regan Hook, appealed for the public to come forward with information about the crime. She said: “Cable theft is becoming a far too frequent crime that affects so many people in different ways. This is such a needless crime and it is infuriating for all those affected, so I would ask anyone with information to come forward with information anonymously so we can prevent this happening again.”

BT Security General Manager for Cable Theft, Simon Davies, said: “Cable thieves seem to be targeting Croydon once again with other incidents having occurred close-by recently. If you have any information on activity happening around a manhole in Southbridge Place, mid-morning on Tuesday, please contact Crimestoppers now and help safeguard your community services.”

If you have any information on this incident – contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through our secure online form at


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