Gang steals phone wires out from under English roads

I guess commodity prices just spiked again: a gang ripped a kilometer of copper phone wire out of an English street, presumably for the scrap value. 800 homes and businesses lost phone service and it's going to cost GBP45K to repair the damage.

Sussex Police said the underground cable was cut and removed from the area near Drusilla's roundabout in Alfriston in the early hours of Wednesday… Detectives believe the thieves used a vehicle to pull the cable out of the ground and take it away.

Gang rips out 1km of phone cable