Thieves tear down copper phone lines

Simon Brouder

BUSINESSES in Upper Rock street are counting the cost after a gang of copper thieves tore down phone lines, leaving several companies without phones or internet access.

The incident took place along the new Rock Street to Mounthawk walkway when a gang of thieves ripped down around 100 meters of overhead phone lines. As a result, some 20 businesses in the area were left without phone or internet access.

Top Part Motor Factors was worst affected by last week's theft. The chain's computerised order and delivery network is based from its Tralee head office and the lack of phone and internet access caused massive disruption to the firm, which has 16 outlets across the country.

The value of the stolen cables, which only contained only a tiny amount of copper, is estimated at around €500. By contrast the cost in lost business to local firms could run to several thousand euro.


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