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Broadband links hit as thieves raid BT exchange

PUBLISHED: 18:18 25 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:39 05 October 2010

THIEVES have busted into a BT telephone exchange in East London and made off with new state of the art networking gear worth tens of thousands of pounds. They broke into the Stepney Green exchange in Commercial Road during the night—the latest in a series of raids on BT premises

THIEVES have busted into a BT telephone exchange in East London and made off with new state of the art networking gear worth tens of thousands of pounds.

They broke into the Stepney Green exchange in Commercial Road during the night—the latest in a series of raids on BT premises.

Network cards are thought to have been stolen around 3.45am which left three areas without broadband connections until 2pm this afternoon.

Police were called to the exchange at 5.20am by BT engineers who discovered the break-in. Detectives from Tower Hamlets are working with the engineers to establish exactly what equipment has been snatched. No arrests have been made.

The raid comes after a similar break-in at BT’s Mayfair exchange on September 11, when thieves made off with £2m equipment.

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