Station is put off air by cable vandalism

Chorley news for web
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POLICE are investigating an early morning vandal attack at Chorley FM which temporarily put the radio station off air.

The incident happened between 4am and 5am on Saturday when someone cut through transmission wires which were attached to walls at the station, which is based on Railway Road, Chorley.

Station secretary John Miller said: “There was an act of vandalism outside our premises at the weekend.

“Some transmission wires outside the station were cut and we were off the air for a few hours until a repair could be affected.”

He added: “We have no idea who would do such a thing.

“The police are currently investigating.”

A police spokesperson said: “It was reported to us between 4am and 5am on Saturday. Unknown offenders have used an implement to cut through three wires attached to the outer wall before making off.

“One of the presenters arrived and discovered the station wasn’t transmitting and went outside and discovered the damage.

“The offenders must have used something sharp because it was a clean cut and they must have stood on something because the cable was approximately twelve feet off the ground.

“We are investigating and neighbourhood police teams are looking into it. If anybody did see anything suspicious they can contact us on 101.”

Launched in 2001, Chorley FM which broadcasts on 102.8 is a community radio station licensed by Ofcom and made famous by comdeian Peter Kay as part of his show ‘Pheonix Nights’. It transmits to Chorley and surrounding villages and towns.