BT phone lines in Salisbury restored after 'deliberate attack'

Services have been restored to 16,000 phone lines and 20,000 broadband connections after a "deliberate attack" on cables in the Salisbury area.

The 999 service, which was also affected, has now been repaired.

BT said the attack had led to lines being affected in Andover, Winchester and Harestock.

A team of engineers started to fix the underground cables in the early hours of Friday but lines were out of action until the evening.

Wiltshire police provided extra patrols in the area and advised people who needed to use the 999 service to either use a mobile, go to the nearest ambulance, fire or police station or flag down an emergency vehicle.

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