"Oi! What do you think you're doing?"
shouts a workman from the building site next door (they're putting up some neo-Georgian executive dovecotes)
"I've just cut that down!"
It turns out that the telephone line was in the way of one of their gantry trucks so they cut it down ad lib. Needless to say, the bills for the reconnection fees will be going to the builders, though we suspect that they are only subject to law west of the Pecos.