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Hundreds of BT customers cut off after theft attempt

About 1,200 homes were left without a phone or internet connection after cabling was cut during an attempted theft in Brighton.

Faults were first reported to BT on Friday from people using the Withdean exchange in the Preston Park area.

The firm described it as "an attack on its network" and said it believed the cables were cut by thieves who were preparing to steal wiring from inside.

It said work was taking place to reconnect the properties affected.

On Sunday, a BT spokesman said: "We have suffered malicious cuts to underground cabling, in an apparent attempted theft, which is affecting some services in the area at the moment.

"Engineers will be working around the clock and doing all they can to get all this work completed as quickly as possible, but there is still a lot of complex work to do."

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