Police Scotland has issued a warning to check up on “elderly or vulnerable people” after phones have gone down in Laurencekirk.
Through the North-east Division Facebook page, officers have alerted people in the north-east to the unknown fault.
Officers have asked that people do not make any non-urgent calls, to allow for the bulk of available phone lines to be used for emergencies.
There will also be a heightened emergency service presence throughout the affected area, in the interest of public safety.
The post reads: “If you have an emergency, you should first try both landline or mobile telephones to call 999. If this does not work, flag down any emergency service vehicle that is not using their blue lights, or go to the nearest police station, hospital, fire or ambulance station to report the emergency.
“Extra police patrols are out in the affected area, and fire and ambulance resources are being sent to other visible locations.
“Relatives and neighbours of elderly or vulnerable people in the area are asked to check on them more frequently, as their assistance alarms may not operate correctly.
“We will give you an update on the situation as soon as we have more information.”
Police have said that the phone lines have now been restored by BT.
“BT has notified us of problems affecting telephone services in the Laurencekirk area of AberdeenshireThey are…
BT has been contacted for comment.