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Birmingham and Merseyside masts torched over 5G coronavirus claims


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Masts have been targeted in Birmingham and Merseyside

Mobile phone masts have been torched and engineers abused over “baseless” theories linking coronavirus to 5G.

UK mobile network providers have warned against the spread of the theories after videos showing masts on fire were posted on social media.

Masts were set alight in Sparkhill, Birmingham, on Thursday and Melling, Merseyside, on Friday.

Trade body Mobile UK, which represents network providers, said the false rumours and theories were “concerning”.

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.

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

There was damage to the mast and control panels, a spokesman said.

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…



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