Copper Cable Thieves Cause Chaos For Virgin Media Users

Virgin Media's broadband service in Leeds has been targeted by vandals for the third time in 2 weeks, disrupting the broadband connections of almost 30,000 Leeds users, including homes and businesses.

According to an official statement released by the company, vandals struck at the Leeds 11 area, resulting in a loss of services. The damaged done by them is being repaired by Virgin Media, which reported that some users in the area have started to get their connections back.

The cable company, which is headquartered in New York but has most of its customers in the UK, has taken the help of the local police in order to investigate the matter, which according to some, is getting out of hand, as this is the third attack on Virgin's network in the past fourteen days.

Speaking to the media, a Virgin Media spokesperson assured that the company will leave no stone unturned while investigating the matter and added that “We would encourage any individuals with any information relating to this case to contact the police directly or call through on our confidential hotline: 0800 096 7800.”

Throughout the day, thousands of affected users vented their frustration via the micro blogging service Twitter, giving a beat by beat account of how the acts of vandalism have affected their day-to-day work flow and operations.

Our Comments

One can only hope that the guys do not rip fibre optic cables as well from telegraphic posts when Virgin Media and others start rolling these out. It is likely that the rise in the price of metals like copper caused a similar rise in thefts.

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