‘Major incident’ declared as all communication to Shetlands Isles CUT

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The Shetland Isles is suffering from a “major incident” as its power has been completely shut off from the rest of the UK due to the south subsea cable linking the island to the mainland being cut. Shetland Police are now patrolling the area off the coast of Scotland as engineers scramble to fix a complete power outage, which has meant that the internet, computers and phones are all unusable. The incident has also raised suspicions following the suspected “sabotage” of Russia’s Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines last month, in which blasts to the system forced gas to leak out into the Baltic Sea. However, the police have said it is still unclear what exactly triggered the incident, but it comes while repairs are also being made to a second cable.


A BT Group spokesperson said: “Due to a break in a third-party subsea cable connecting Shetland with the Scottish mainland, some phone, broadband and mobile services are affected.

“Engineers are working to divert services via other routes as soon as possible and we’ll provide further updates. Our external subsea provider is also looking to restore their link quickly.

“Anyone who needs to call 999 should try their landline or their mobile, even if they don’t have signal from their own mobile provider. We’re sorry for any inconvenience.”

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