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Police in the Thames Valley are trying to track down vandals who damaged a number of BT junction boxes leaving hundreds of people without phone or internet services.

The damage was caused around two industrial estates in High Wycombe last Thursday. BT said more than 900 homes and businesses had their phone services cut as a result of the criminal damage.

Detective Sergeant Steve Fox, of High Wycombe CID, said: "The vandals went to considerable lengths to do this damage and it has inconvenienced hundreds of people and businesses.

"People may well have seen men working around manhole covers in the road and believed them to be workmen. I hope if anyone saw anything such as this they would get in touch."

Police have stepped up patrols in the area and are appealing for witnesses to come forward. ®

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