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Police are appealing for witnesses in connection with a burglary at Vodafone's offices in Welwyn Garden City earlier this week.

The suspects stole IT kit that led to Vodafone's paging network falling over leaving 180,000 subscribers - including hospital staff - without access to the service.

The burglary took pace between 11.51pm on 2 August and 1.04am on 3 August, at The Boulevard Business Park, Welwyn Garden City.

The first offender is described as a white male, approximately 5ft 8ins tall, with dark hair, medium build, wearing a blue short sleeved t-shirt and beige shorts with cargo-style pockets and white trainers.

The second offender is described as a white male, similar height and build, wearing a white or cream coloured buttoned shirt and beige shorts with cargo-style pockets and white trainers.

It is believed the offenders may have been travelling in a white Transit van.

Detective Sergeant Ian Butler of Hertfordshire police said: "It is believed the offenders broke into the building just before midnight and left around an hour later. It is possible they used a metal trolley to move the stolen goods, which was abandoned outside the building.

"If you saw anything suspicious around the time of this incident or if you have any information about this crime, please ring 01707 638229," he said. ®

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