Thousands left without phone lines
THE theft of flood defence equipment is not the first time an entire village has been affected by the actions of metal thieves.
In February, thousands of people in Thorn- gumbald and Tickton were left without phone lines or internet access after thieves struck in the middle of the night.
Copper cable from phone and broadband lines was taken.
A mile of cable was stolen in Thorngumbald.
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In Tickton, cables were cut and thieves escaped with 800m of cable while also aband- oning 2,000m of damaged cable.
Residents were warned there could be a wave of raids by gangs targeting rural areas.