Around 120 homes in a Doncaster village have had their phones cut off by cable thieves again.
They struck earlier this week and stole about 320 metres of valuable cable from Arksey.
BT say thieves have cut five underground cables, parts of which have been stolen.
Harry Street said he was concerned because his elderly mother-in-law relied on an emergency alarm system connected to her phone line.
“A lot of elderly people in Arksey will have been left without their usual support and we don’t know how long it will take to be repaired.”
A spokesman for BT said: “It is extremely regrettable when Openreach suffers any kind of deliberate damage to its network. Our priority is always to restore affected services as quickly as we can which is what we are doing in this case, however it will be a painstaking operation.
“Engineers are having to replace around 320 metres of underground cable and then reconnect one customer at a time. It is too early to say precisely when the first customers will be reconnected.”
Anyone without service should report their fault to their service provider who may be able to divert incoming calls to an alternative number.