Telecoms giant Vodafone may be looking to implement or review its security fencing after a burglary at one of its sites left thousands of its UK customers unable to phone, send text messages, or use the internet.

The firm confirmed it is reviewing its security procedures after the incident in the early hours of Monday morning, in which its Basingstoke exchange centre was broken into.

Criminals struck between 01:00GMT and 02:00GMT, damaging equipment and stealing specialist network and IT hardware.

"Several hundred thousand" people are thought to have been affected, mainly in the M4 corridor area, the company said.

Vodafone said its customers' private data had not been compromised, however.

"All our sites are protected by high level security systems - we're reviewing these with the police in the light of last night's break in," the firm said.

Hampshire Police said its detectives are investigating the burglary, which it said appeared to be a targeted attack.

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