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Copper theft phones back on.

Copper thieves left scores of residents without a potential telephone lifeline.

About 200 homes in Dormanstown were left without a telephone line after the Virgin Media network in the area was put out of action.

Thieves struck on Saturday April 14, stealing underground copper cabling.

But it meant scores of homes lost their telephone connections.

And it has taken until now for everyone to get reconnected.

More than a week after the theft, 15 homes were still without a service. The final homes were due to be switched back on again yesterday.

A Virgin Media spokeswoman said their engineers had been working hard to repair the cabling and associated damage caused.

She said: "We take this issue extremely seriously and are working with the police to prevent future reoccurrences.

"We would encourage anyone with any information relating to this incident to contact the local police immediately."

Anyone with information is asked to ring police on 01642 302626 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Title Annotation:News Local
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Apr 26, 2007
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