Photograph shows why more than 150 properties in Old Buckenham have been left without phones and internet for week

The damaged BT box in Old Buckenham after a crash which has left homes in the village without phones

The damaged BT box in Old Buckenham after a crash which has left homes in the village without phones and internet. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

More than 150 homes in a Norfolk village have been left without the internet or phone lines for a week after a vehicle crashed in to an exchange box.

A total of 152 homes in Old Buckenham, near Attleborough, have been without the services since the accident happened off the B1107 on the night of Thursday, March 3.

BT says it hopes repair and replacement work on the cabinet will be completed by Monday.

In the meantime Old Buckenham Parish Council is asking residents to check on elderly neighbours and friends if they do not have access to phones to call emergency services.

Parish council chairman Steve Milner also said there had been a lack of communication from BT over when the cabinet will be repaired.

He said: 'There has been a lack of information. Luckily we have a resident who has a contact with BT and we are then passing on the information we receive manually,

'I am concerned there are a lot of elderly vulnerable people in Old Buckenham and their safety position could be compromised if they do not have access to a phone.'

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A spokesman for BT said: 'Our cabinet has been badly damaged by this road traffic accident on the evening of March 3.

'There is a great deal of work for engineers to do to repair the damage to cabling and replace the box.

'There will be around 150 homes that have lost services due to this incident.

'We have explored, but has not been possible to get a temporary solution.

'It is regrettable when Openreach suffers any accidental damage to its network. Our priority is to restore services to those affected, and we are doing all we can to get this completed as quickly as possible.

'We are aiming to have this all completed by close of play on Monday, but will of course be doing all we can to get it completed earlier if it is possible.'

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