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Man charged over damaging Telstra cables in Sydney

A man has been charged with allegedly causing millions of dollars worth of damages to Telstra telecommunications infrastructure in Sydney.
Written by Josh Taylor, Contributor

New South Wales Police have charged a man who allegedly caused millions of dollars of damages to Telstra infrastructure in the Manly and Northern Beaches area between September and November this year.

Police said on Saturday that the 25-year-old Cromer man had accessed up to 20 Telstra pits across the Northern Beaches area over the last few months, damaging the telecommunications cables to the point where communications were cut for businesses and residents in the area.

The police said that the man was first arrested on November 27, 2012, and charged with four counts of tampering/interfere with a facility owned by a service provider, two counts of malicious damage, and one account of resisting arrest.

But after being released on bail, the police said that there were another four incidents of damage being done to Telstra infrastructure in the area.

On Friday, the police searched the man's home and he was charged with 29 offences, including 23 counts of malicious damage, one for breaching bail, one for making a false representation to police, and one for resisting arrest.

Bail has been refused.

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