Break-in disrupts Vodafone services
Monday 28 February 2011
Millions of Vodafone customers in southern England lost services today when burglars smashed their way into a building and stole vital network equipment.
The raiders entered the building in Basingstoke, Hants, early this morning and took or damaged the network and IT hardware causing services to crash, Vodafone said.
There was a loss of voice, text and internet access across the south for millions of customers of the mobile phone giant.
A Vodafone spokesman said voice services were now up and running with text and data also due to be working soon.
"We had a break-in last night at one of our technical facilities which resulted in damage done to some of our equipment," the spokesman explained.
"This means that some customers may be experiencing temporary loss of voice, sms and internet services.
"We are working quickly to restore these and will be back to normal as soon as we can.
"There has been no impact on the privacy of customers' data."
Hampshire police are believed to be investigating the theft but the force has not released any information to the media.
Officers said they were called to the property at 5am and that the raid was a targeted attack.
Detective Sergeant Lee McClellan, from Basingstoke CID, said: "We are still in the very early stages of our investigation but at this stage it appears to be a targeted attack on these premises.
"We are conducting a number of inquiries but would like to hear from anyone who may have seen a vehicle in the Houndsmill area during the early hours of Monday morning, or any vehicles stopped on the A339."
Life & Style blogs
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Immigrants make UK racist, says Ukip councillor Trevor Shonk
BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever
- 1 Exclusive: Abusers using spyware apps to monitor partners reaches 'epidemic proportions'
- 2 Margaret Thatcher 'expressed fears of Asian rising' at Anglo-Irish summit in 1984
- 3 The 'Black Museum': After 150 years, public set to see exhibits from police’s grisly crime museum
- 4 The Unluckiest People of the Year 2014 (and one very unlucky giraffe)
- 5 Magna Carta will be 800 years old next year – the perfect reminder of the rights and freedoms we must hold dear
iJobs Gadgets & Tech
£35000 - £45000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Moodle Developer (PHP ,Linux, Apache...
£17000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...
£21000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This Award-winning pharma softw...
£30000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Senior Java Developer is requ...