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Homes and businesses in parts of South Wales have suffered a broadband outage following the latest copper theft.

Some 80m of cable was stolen in Tredegar Park, Newport, on Wednesday May 4th, causing a loss of service for broadband customers in the city and across Monmouthshire.

According to the BBC, thieves made a second attempt to steal copper cable from BT's network two days later.

A spokesperson for Gwent Police revealed there have been a number of incidents over the past week where people have attempted to vandalise internet infrastructure and steal copper.

"We had reports from Virgin and BT with thousands of pounds worth of damage reported," they stated.

Copper has increased in price by more than 40 per cent in recent years, leading to a spate of thefts across the UK affecting broadband networks and the railways.

Earlier this week, Network Rail revealed that train passengers suffered 6,088 hours' worth of delays in 2010-11 as a result of cable theft.

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