Coronavirus: Birmingham and Merseyside masts burnt down after 5G false claims


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Masts have been targeted in Birmingham and Merseyside

Mobile phone masts were burned down and engineers abused “baseless” theories linking the coronavirus to 5G.

British mobile network providers have warned of the spread of theories after posting videos of masts on fire on social media.

The masts were set on fire in Sparkhill, Birmingham on Thursday and in Melling, Merseyside on Friday.

Professional organization Mobile UK, which represents network providers, said the false rumors and theories were “cause for concern”.

In a statement posted on Twitter, the digital, culture, media and sports department said it was “aware of inaccurate information shared online about 5G”.

“There is absolutely no credible evidence of a link between 5G and the coronavirus,” he added.

In Melling, the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service said it put out a fire on a 5G mast tower near the M57 on Friday.

The mast and control panels were damaged, a spokesman said.

The West Midlands Fire Department said the Birmingham fire on Thursday involved a 70-foot tower at a telecommunications site. However, the service said the cause was not yet identified and could not confirm that the mast was 5G.

A West Midlands police spokesman said, “We are aware of a fire involving a telephone mast, but we are awaiting further details on its cause. “

Facebook deleted a page on Friday that featured several videos claiming to show 5G towers on fire and encouraged others to do the same.

In addition to warning against theories about the security of 5G technologies, Mobile UK added: “More worryingly, some people also abuse our key workers and threaten to damage infrastructure under the pretext of 5G claims.

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


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