A total loss of the 999 telephone service in the Shawbost (429 lines), Borve (289 lines) and Carloway (267 lines) areas of Lewis has been notified by British Telecom to Northern Constabulary.
At this stage there is no indication of when the service will be restored and engineers are currently assessing the problem.
Additional police patrols have been established in the area. Members of the public who require assistance from any of the ‘999’ emergency services should make contact with the patrolling Police vehicle. Mobile phone service in the area is limited.
The public should stay tuned to their radio or television for further updates.