Vodafone coverage still affected by Bath mast fire
Vodafone users in Bath are being warned of continuing problems over the weekend.
A spokesman for the company said essential repair work due to be carried out to the mast at Bathampton, which was targetted by arsonists yesterday morning, has not been done.
The spokesman said: "Our service locally is still affected by the recent fire. Engineers were due on site today to replace damaged cabling and assess the site for any other damage.
"Unfortunately, essential work is being carried by other parties and we have to wait our turn to get on site. We hope to have access tomorrow morning."
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Fire crews were called to the TV mast on Golf Course Road yesterday morning after reports of a fire, which the police have confirmed is being treated as arson.
As well as the Vodafone network Freeview TV signals were affected, as well as the signal for BBC Radio Bristol on 104.6fm, The Breeze, and the four national BBC fm networks.
Television and mobile phone services started to resume yesterday afternoon.
Chief Inspector Simon Ellis, from Bath police, appealed for anyone with information to come forward.
He said: “This mindless act of vandalism has caused hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of damage and has affected TV, radio and mobile phone signals across many homes and businesses in the area. Emergency service communications have also been affected.
“It is believed that the fires were started sometime between 4am and 4.30am.
“Whoever is responsible has probably recced the location prior to this damage being caused and therefore I am particularly keen to hear from those persons who live nearby or frequent the area regularly and who have noticed anything or anyone out of the ordinary.”
Anyone with information about the fire or who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area of the mast in the early hours of yesterday morning is asked to call 101.