Fire Service issues warning 999 service has stopped working in part of UK

A fire service this morning issued an urgent warning after the 999 service briefly stopped working in part of the UK.

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue service revealed at around 9.40am this morning that the phone number to dial for the emergency services in Braunstone, near Leicester in the East Midlands, had gone down.

They said it had been informed of the problem by British Telecom.

Initially it was expected to take until this afternoon to repair, but the service confirmed a short time later that the fault was fixed.

It appears that only land lines were affected – with mobile phones still able to connect to 999.

A Leicestershire Police spokeswoman told MirrorOnline that she was not aware of any problems with the 999 service.

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue service earlier posted on Twitter: "British Telecom have informed us that they have a partial loss of the 999 emergency service within the Braunstone area.

"Land lines may be affected but mobile phones should still function normally.

"Anticipated time for full restoration of service is 13:00. Updates to follow."

At 10.51am, Leicestershire Fire and Rescue service posted: "Full service of the 999 system has now been fully restored by BT in the Braunstone area."

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