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Trespassers Disrupt BT’s Westwood Exchange in Peterborough

Thursday, February 9th, 2017 (2:03 am) - Score 1,658
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BT’s Westwood Exchange (EMWSTWO), which is located in central Peterborough (Cambridgeshire) and serves 10,000 premises in the city, is suffering on-going disruption after a number of trespassers gained access to the property last Friday evening (3rd Feb 2017) and remain on the site.

According to a notice from Openreach, which has been seen by ISPreview.co.uk, the operator yesterday took the decision that it was “no longer appropriate to allow any access to the site or the exchange building until the situation has been resolved.” As a result all jobs currently allocated to engineers, that are dependent on access to the exchange, have been “put on hold.

Openreach warned that it could take a “number of days” before everything is back to normal and meanwhile their engineers will try to provide service to “as many customers as possible via alternative routes to minimise any impact.” Local broadband and phone services are live and have so far been unaffected.

At this stage it’s not known whether any of BT’s property has been damaged, although Openreach said that they’re currently working with their legal and security teams, as well as the local police, to establish access. In the meantime the operator has thanked local customers for their “patience and support.”

So far the trespassers, who appear to be travellers that have setup camp outside, have not entered the building itself and so any damage should be minimal. Historically it can take a bit of time to remove such people from private land, particularly if they refuse an initial request to leave.

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18 Responses
  1. TheFacts

    Wrong picture!

    • Sadly I didn’t have any pictures of the rear compound where all the vans are parked, so I just grabbed one of the front right side of the estate as there’s an Openreach sign on it. I’m not sure of which specific unit Openreach is in so that’s as close as I could get.

      UPDATE:

      Added one from Google Earth 3D, where you can see all the BTOR vans.

  2. Chris P

    some tasty copper lurking in there. Will it also be gone when the travellers leave?

  3. FibreFred

    Crazy eh, surely its a simple trespass and the police should clear them out?

    Let’s not upset the travellers tho!

    • Steve Jones

      Trespass (with a few exceptions, like railways an naval docks), is a civil matter and the police generally don’t have any powers unless to intervene unless there’s obvious criminal damage or breaking and entering. Usually these things require a court order and, ultimately, the might need to be police action to enforce it.

      It’s rather unfortunate, and evictions can get very expensive.

    • Dumb argument

      I guess they are only following the advice that has previously came out of the lips of you two and the other BT posse on here, which has been offered to people with poor connectivity and that is… Move closer to the exchange or cabinet.

      Well they have literally LOL Congrats on your excellent advice.

    • FibreFred

      Steve so I could park a caravan in someone’s drive or garden and the police couldn’t do anything?

      Great troll deduction, one of your best

    • alan

      “…advice that has previously came out of the lips of you two and the other BT posse on here, which has been offered to people with poor connectivity and that is… Move closer to the exchange or cabinet.

      Well they have literally LOL Congrats on your excellent advice.”

      Funniest thing i have read all week 🙂

    • Steve Jones

      @FibreFred

      So you find it necessary to be abusive over a simple fact of law. And the answer is that if somebody does park a vehicle on your drive it’s a matter of civil law too. The police will not come and remove it, although if it turns into a fracas or a safety matter they might get involved. In general, if somebody does put a car of caravan on your private property, you can get it removed and the rules differ as to whether it’s simply been abandoned or somebody is parking illegally. But, generally, the police will not move it. If you care to do a search, then you’ll find lots of people who have to deal with things like that.

      So no, I’m not making a “dumb argument” as you call it. I’m not arguing anything. Just making a statement about the law as regards trespass.

    • wirelesspacman

      Also, as far as I understand things Fred, if you deliberately damaged the caravan someone had “parked” on your drive then you yourself would be liable for the damage.

    • FibreFred

      @Steve

      No I misled or you misread

      This:

      “Steve so I could park a caravan in someone’s drive or garden and the police couldn’t do anything?” – was for yourself and not abusive, a genuine question and interesting response thanks.

      This:

      “Great troll deduction, one of your best” – was for Dumb Argument/Aka Deduction Aka… lots of other names for his distance from the exchange remark.

      I could have made that more clear apologies.

  4. Steve Jones

    @FibreFred

    OK. Thanks – it just read like I was being accused of trolling.

  5. 10oclockMews

    An unknown source has stated we hope to connect 98% of the newly developed community with FTTC (Fibre to the Caravan).

    A further 0.5% of the more traditional properties in the area consisting of a wagon traditionally towed by an animal of the equine variety we aim to connect to FTTH (Fibre to the horse).

    Later in the year if funds permit we hope to trial FTTDP to a further 0.5% in this area (fibre to the Dumping point). The trial may be conducted earlier if the location and the overflowing resources in the specific location need it.

    The remaining 1% mostly on the edges of the community which are typically a long distance of 50-100m we are exploring solutions to get those connected a further site survey may be required to see who specifically within the development is eligible for our top end FTTP (fibre to the pikey) products. This will be assessed on a case by case basis.

  6. Peter Knapp

    They are now cleared/removed/otherwise and Openreach are considering when they might start looking at the backlog of work (ahem)

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