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Police Scotland were yesterday evening working with partners to support the response to the telephone line outage in the Borve to Ness areas of the Isle of Lewis.

From 6.30pm coastguard rescue teams from Breasclete, Bragar, Ness and Stornoway patrolled through the night to offer assistance in case anyone was in difficulty and unable to call for help.

This came after a small number customers in the Port of Ness area reported being unable to use their landline.

Broadband and mobile services were not affected.

People were advised that 999 calls can be made from a mobile.

Police announced: "We would ask people to check on elderly and vulnerable neighbours if there are any concerns."

In the end, households and businesses between Ness and Ballantrushal were without landline phone coverage or broadband for more than 24 hours, with service only restored at lunchtime today (Sunday 24 October).

BT notified customers of a total loss of service from the early hours of Saturday, at addresses along the length of the west side of Lewis.

A mainland BT diagnostic engineering team was shipped to the area on the Tarbert ferry earlier today and service was restored to all customers at about 12.30pm, at which time all emergency teams were stood down.

(This article, originally posted around 10am, was substantially updated around 5pm today.)