Ser­vice re­stored soon

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GOS­NELLS res­i­dents are ex­pected to have full phone and in­ter­net ser­vice re­stored by tonight af­ter ma­jor ca­ble dam­age.

Tel­stra WA Area gen­eral man­ager Boyd Brown said on Mon­day that ap­prox­i­mately 700 cus­tomers were still ex­pe­ri­enc­ing is­sues, but are ex­pected to have their ser­vice pro­gres­sively re­stored by this evening.

Ar­madale de­tec­tives are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the pos­si­bil­ity that an at­tempted theft of cop­per ca­bling caused the sig­nif­i­cant dis­rup­tion.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred be­tween 11pm on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 28, and 4am on Fri­day, Septem­ber 29, at Dorothy Street in Gos­nells.

A ma­jor ca­ble was cut, caus­ing an out­age im­pact­ing around 4000 Tel­stra cus­tomers in the area.

Mr Brown said Tel­stra staff had been work­ing 24 hours a day to re­pair the dam­age.

“This is the sixth in­ci­dent of this type over the past two months,” Mr Brown said.

Ca­bles have been cut across Perth in­clud­ing in Cannington and Madding­ton.

“We’re not aware of the rea­son be­hind th­ese cut ca­bles, but this van­dal­ism is hav­ing a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on our cus­tomers. Pre­vi­ous at­tacks have im­pacted around 6000 cus­tomers and com­bined with this event, means over 10,000 peo­ple have had their fixed lined or in­ter­net ser­vices dis­rupted,” Mr Brown said.

South East Metropoli­tan district Po­lice In­spec­tor Rod Pet­ter­son said any­one with in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the in­ci­dent, in­clud­ing scrap metal deal­ers, is en­cour­aged to come for­ward.

“Tam­per­ing with ca­bles such as th­ese is dan­ger­ous and can place the of­fend­ers and other mem­bers of the pub­lic at risk,” he said.

If you have any in­for­ma­tion about the in­ci­dent or sim­i­lar in­ci­dents, con­tact Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000 or visit crimestop­per­

If you are a Tel­stra cus­tomer and still ex­pe­ri­enc­ing is­sues with your fixed line or ADSL af­ter Tues­day night, call 13 22 00 to re­port the fault.

Above: A Tel­stra tech­ni­cian re­pairs the dam­age. Be­low: The cut ca­bles.

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