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Up to 35000 phone lines down in Birmingham area

craign
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Posts: 122
Registered: 01-08-2007

Up to 35000 phone lines down in Birmingham area

FYI see BBC story.

"BT engineers have managed to restore 3,000 lines but say it may be Monday evening before all are restored. "

"The affected areas include Aston, central Birmingham, Perry Barr, Handsworth, Ladywood, Blackheath, Stone Croft, West Bromwich, Tipton and Wednesbury."
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Up to 35000 phone lines down in Birmingham area

Is is not a little odd that they don't know what the culprits were trying to take (or managed to take)?

Presumably they know otherwise they wouldn't use the specific word "thieves" instead of something more generic like "vandals", "criminals" or "low life scum".
oliverb
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Posts: 606
Registered: 02-08-2007

Up to 35000 phone lines down in Birmingham area

Not that odd, the damage caused in a break in could be out of all proportion to the value of the items targeted.
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Up to 35000 phone lines down in Birmingham area

I found this bit amusing,

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Anyone in need of the emergency services is advised to contact the police switchboard on 0845 113 5000 and state the call is an emergency.


Especially as 2 paragraphs above it, it said,

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The 999 service in much of Birmingham and the Black Country is unavailable. People are asked to use mobile phones.


Could you honestly see anyone phoning an o845 number to raise an emergency when one can call 999 from a mobile or phone box for free?