Businesses, which were left without access to phones and the internet, say they will be seeking compensation for lost trade.
People in the Cumbrian village of Stainton were left without the services for seven days because of a power cut. They were reconnected yesterday. Paul Crone has the story.
"Openreach engineers are working hard to repair seven underground cables that have been accidentally damaged by contractors working for another organisation.
It’s extremely regrettable when Openreach suffers any kind of damage to its network. Our priority is always to restore the services of those affected as quickly as possible, which is what we’re trying to do in this case.
Engineers have worked hard to provide temporary services to those affected while they press on with the main job of replacing the damaged cables.
Due to the severity of the damage it’s going to be a complex process, which could take a couple of weeks to finish. Temporary traffic lights are required to enable the engineers to carry out the work safely and with minimum disruption to local people.
As a result of this incident around 300 fault reports have been received by Openreach from customers with different service providers, but more people may be affected."
Homes and businesses in Stainburn, Workington, have been given temporary Broadband and phone access, after seven power cables were accidentally cut last Friday.
Around 300 fault reports were sent to BT Openreach, and many people were without services for almost a week:
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Homes in part of Stainburn, in Workington have had no broadband or phone lines for almost a week after underground cables were accidentally damaged.
It's thought around 70 people are affected, including local businesses. Openreach maintains the local network and says the damage was caused by a separate contractor but that it's now checking out what repairs are needed.
Cumbria police are looking for the man in this CCTV image in connection with an alleged assault.
The incident occurred at Workington bus station on Saturday 29 November 2014 between 7.20pm and 7.40pm.
The victim, a 16 year old girl, was uninjured.
Anyone who recognises the man, or has any information about the incident, should contact Cumbria police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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Sue Hayman has been chosen as the Labour Party’s candidate for Workington at the upcoming General Election.
She is currently Cumbria County Councillor for Howgate and has previously worked for Cumbria-based Copper Consultancy, and in social services.
She will be looking to succeed Sir Tony Cunningham who is retiring after 14 years of service.
She joins Rozila Kana of the Conservative Party, Phill Roberts of the Liberal Democrats, Jill Perry of the Green party, and Mark Jenkinson of UKIP in the fight for the Workington seat.
Greg Hoare reports on the job losses throughout the region.
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37 jobs are set to be lost in Carlisle as a John Lewis distribution centre closes.
The company has announced plans to close its depot at the Kingmoor Business Park.
A consultation process will now start with all employees, who are to be offered early retirement, voluntary redundancy or relocation to a new distribution centre in Milton Keynes.