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When we heard that a drilling company in Uxbridge, West London had managed to slice through a hefty fibre-optic hub belonging to BT, there was only one solution.

We don't use him often and his identity is known only to a select few (MI6 included). We refer to him simply as Our Man in Uxbridge. Having made contact through our elaborate system of going to four different pubs and then getting on the bus around about 11.22pm, he was on the case and filed his first report in the early hours.

He was able to confirm that BT are scurrying around like blue-arsed flies. Careful questioning of residents enabled the story to be pieced together. The initial action had taken place on Wednesday - most likely just after lunch. By that evening, the BT troops has dug in, leaving a maze of trenches on the Mahjack roundabout.

By the morning, the huge cables were being evacuated. The worked continued through the day. Under cover of darkness our man then crawled his way to the front line to capture some surveillance photographs. Those below were taken just before 1am and provide evidence of BT's movements.

One clearly show the build-up of vans. Our operative informed us there were eight of them in view and another one or two had already been hidden. The Mahjack's roundabout has been the scene of past conflicts but most have been settled without bloodshed. With nearby Hillingdon Hospital reportedly out of action, this looks more serious that anyone previously realised. ®

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