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BT and KC are joining forces in a bid to combat copper cable theft in East Yorkshire.

The two broadband providers have formed a partnership with Humberside Police, Hull City Council and local scrap merchants geared at reducing levels of criminal activity.

The theft of copper cables has caused disruption in a number of ways across the county - with 1,600 homes and businesses in Tickton and Thorngumbald losing their broadband connection earlier this year.

Train services have also been affected, while floodlight cables were stolen from Craven Park, the home of rugby league side Hull KR.

Sgt Julian Hart, of Humberside Police, commented that metal theft is "not a victimless crime" - it is one that causes damage to properties and disruption to vital services.

"Members of the community have an important part to play in tackling metal theft too, by reporting any suspicious behaviour," he stated.

This might include someone pushing a wheelie bin or barrow filled with metal, or witnessing people in unmarked vehicles and clothing working in manholes or on roofs, Sgt Hart added.

He said that all reports are taken seriously and welcomed by the police and partner agencies.

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