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Emergency phone service restored in North Ronaldsay

The control room of a 101 police non-emergency hotline Image copyright PA
Image caption People were urged to keep phone lines free for emergency calls

A fault that led to the loss of 999 phone services in part of the Orkney Islands has been fixed.

BT deployed a helicopter to bring in engineers and replace equipment after communications were lost on North Ronaldsay.

Earlier people were asked not to make any non-urgent phone calls so that available lines could be used for emergencies.

BT said phone and broadband services were restored by 10:45 on Boxing Day.

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