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UPD Thieves Cut Broadband and Phone Services to the Shetland Islands

Thursday, June 21st, 2012 (8:40 am) by Mark Jackson (Score 702)
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The remote Shetland Islands have this week been hit by a double whammy of BT communication problems after copper cable thieves in the North of England (UK) cut a vital fibre optic link that disrupted services to the island for two days. A separate problem at the Aberdeen (Scotland) exchange then knocked out the local coastguard communication system.

According to the Shetland News, local Coastguard volunteers had to man hills across the isles, which is a last resort for identifying shipping emergencies via portable radio equipment. The fault, which occurred at 11.45pm on Tuesday, was eventually fixed at 7.15am on Wednesday morning.

As an added frustration the government recently closed a vital Lerwick station, which was setup to cover for just such an emergency. A coastguard spokesman said, “Our argument against the government closing the Lerwick station was in case of something like this. If this sort of thing happened there would be nothing here.” BT has also apologised for the outage.

UPDATE 18th July 2012

The coastguard communication links were down for 2-3 hours yet again on Monday of this week following a BT fault on the UK mainland.

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  1. zemadeiran

    The current economic woes have driven these criminally insane mother f**kers into increasingly desperate acts for the quick buck.

    I do admire the criminal lunatic fringe who think, I know! lets nick this fuckoff fat cable which has something optic all over it and we’ll be in the monies! Imagine how much dosh in all that metal!

    You need the lunatics in society to keep the rest of us sane, the only issue is when they start putting the so called sane in proverbial danger…

    or maybe I am talking out of my arse again?

    • Legolash2o

      Well said, i’d love to see their faces when they release the fibre optic cables they stole are worth nath all especially when compared to copper.

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