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Broadband deal subscribers in a Cheshire town were left without internet access following a cable theft, it has been reported.

Around 390 BT customers in Neston were affected after thieves targeted the local broadband infrastructure last week, reports the Wirral News.

A spokesperson for the broadband provider said the incident had been "regrettable".

He noted that BT engineers had been deployed to the site immediately in order to restore home phone and broadband services to local people.

"Our priority is always to restore services to those affected as quickly as we can, which is what we [did] in this case," the spokesperson added.

BT has been hit by a number of cable thefts in recent times, leading the firm to start a national campaign against such activity in July last year.

The firm is using SmartWater - invisible paint which tags metal thieves - in a bid to combat the vandalism affecting its network.

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