Which leading soap has fallen victim to cable theft?
The growing problem of network cable theft has even spread to… Ambridge.
Last week, the full impact of telecoms cable theft was felt in the home village of The Archers as the BBC Radio 4 programme found it difficult to cope when all the telephone and broadband connections to the village were disrupted.
Luke Beeson, BT Security general manager for cable theft, said: “The Archers is helping to raise awareness about the serious problems cable theft can cause to communities as the radio soap has more than five million listeners every week.
“It’s no accident that this story has developed on The Archers as BT Group media relations manager Ian Read had briefed the BBC programme researchers at the end of last year about the issues of cable theft.”
The programme’s storyline initially developed around the broadband connection being down at Grey Gables and the resultant chaos. Caroline was horrified to learn the phones were down all through the village and that the problem was serious.
It was discovered that thieves stole a length of copper cable between the exchange and Ambridge, which could take several days to sort out.
Find out how the community copes by listening online to replays of The Archers.
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