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Sabotage rumours hit Wembley

WEMBLEY electrical subcontractor Honeywell has confirmed cable damage on the delayed stadium scheme amid suspicions of sabotage by site workers.

Sources on the project reported increased security around the stadium's 42 communications rooms since the damage was discovered two weeks ago.

The damage is understood to have happened in a ground floor communications room where cables for the stadium's public address voice alarm system are housed.

A spokeswoman for Honeywell, which is responsible for the communications rooms, said: 'There were four cables which were reported to have been damaged and they were fixed immediately. There was no interruption to work in progress. We are not aware of any deliberate damage.'

But one site insider who saw the damage himself told Construction News: 'The cables looked deliberately cut and since then the system of permits you need to work in those areas has been tightened up. It looked pretty damning. If somebody had done something like this it would give everybody on that job a bad name.'

A Multiplex spokeswoman said: 'We have raised this with our subcontractors and we are categorically denying sabotage. Cables will be repaired over a stadium of this size all the time in snagging works but there is no suggestion this has been done deliberately. We would take any incidences of this extremely seriously and call in the police if they were discovered.'

Honeywell laid off 70 electricians from the stadium project last week as it began to wind down resources on the job.

The job losses came from Honeywell's subcontractors on the project, MJ Quinn and Deltech.

A Honeywell spokeswoman said: 'We can confirm the redundancies but we still have enough resources on the job to fulfil our obligations.'

Fellow electrical subcontractor Phoenix has around 120 electricians left on the scheme. The firm is carrying out testing works and will be on the project for around six more weeks.