PCs belonging to the government body tasked with getting more Brits online have been stolen during a burglary.

The computers were stolen from office of the Digital Inclusion Team, which is based in London's West End.

The government's Digital Champion Martha Lane Fox revealed the news on micro-blogging service Twitter with a 'tweet' that said "O bloody hell the #digitalinclusion office has been broken into and all computers taken :((."

Funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Digital Inclusion Team is attempting to bring internet access to the 17 million Brits that are not currently online, either out of choice or because they cannot afford internet connectivity.

However, Tara Maynard, media adviser to the Digital Inclusion Team, played down the incident. She told the Guardian: "A couple of laptops were taken from the office, but they did not belong to the DIT," she said.

"They were freelance workers' personal computers and did not contain any sensitive information."

Police are currently investigating the incident.

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