HUNDREDS of homes were left without phone or internet connections after thieves stole BT cable.
Vandals targeted wires from the Birch telephone exchange, in Warren Lane, on Tuesday.
Households in Stanway’s Lakeland estate could go without a connection until Wednesday, with engineers working to fix the problem.
Just yards away, in Holly Road, residents were completely unaffected as their services are served by a Colchester exchange.
Stanway Green residents were also said to be experiencing intermittent problems as a result.
A 24-year-old and 21-year-old from Romford have been arrested on suspicion of theft and going equipped to steal around 400m of stripped cable.
Cable theft has increased in-line with a rise in metal prices.