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UK News Coronavirus: Phone masts in England set on fire amid false 5G rumours

14:50  04 april  2020
14:50  04 april  2020 Source:   dailypost.co.uk

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Mobile phone masts have been torched and engineers abused over "baseless" theories linking Trade body Mobile UK, which represents network providers, said the false rumours and theories In Melling, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service said it extinguished a 5 G mast tower fire near the M57

5 G masts have been set on fire following a conspiracy theory that radiation has had something to do with the global spread of the novel coronavirus . West Midlands Fire Service confirmed eight firefighters attended an incident on Thursday evening involving a 70ft tower on a telecommunications

a man holding a sign: False claims have been linking coronavirus to 5G © PA False claims have been linking coronavirus to 5G

Two mobile phone masts have caught fire as false claims linking coronavirus and 5G spread online.

Masts in Merseyside and Birmingham were reportedly set alight last week as false rumours and theories start to take root on social media.

There have also been reports of engineers working on installing 5G infrastructure being abused.

Mobile UK, a trade body which represents network providers, said the false rumours and theories were "concerning".

They added: "More worryingly some people are also abusing our key workers and making threats to damage infrastructure under the pretence of claims about 5G.

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CONSPIRACY nuts are reportedly setting phone masts alight and targeting engineers after a bizarre claim 5 G "radiation" caused the deadly coronavirus One telecoms engineer, who didn't wish to be named, said: "There are Facebook groups posting videos of the masts being set on fire and people

Shocking footage posted online captured a 70ft (21m) mast in Birmingham ablaze as fire crews tackled the inferno caused by a suspected arson attack. British mobile network providers have been forced to debunk 'baseless' theories circulating online that 5 G masts are linked to coronavirus after several

"This is not acceptable and only impacts on our ability as an industry to maintain the resilience and operational capacity of the networks to support mass home working and critical connectivity to the emergency services, vulnerable consumers and hospitals."

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service were called to Melling on Friday evening where it extinguished a 5G mast tower fire near the M57 motorway.

West Midlands Fire Service said the fire in Birmingham on Thursday involved a 70ft tower on a telecommunications site. However, the service said the cause was yet to be identified and could not confirm the mast was 5G.

A West Midlands Police spokesman said: "We're aware of a fire involving a phone mast, but are awaiting further details on its cause."

In a statement on Twitter, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said it was "aware of inaccurate information being shared online about 5G".

"There is absolutely no credible evidence of a link between 5G and coronavirus," it added

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