The arsonists falsely believed 5G caused the coronavirus pandemic and have consequently attacked mobile towers across the country. A Vodafone network mast which served Birmingham’s Nightingale hospital was damaged this week in an attack.
This resulted in vital phone signals being disrupted at a critical time when connectivity is important for the smooth running of hospitals.
Masts across the country have seen similar attacks by reckless criminals including 23 EE sites.
Speaking to the Sun, an EE spokesperson said: “Mindless attacks on key workers and deliberately removing mobile signal is a reckless, harmful and dangerous thing to do.
“And aside from the obvious risk to our colleagues, it could have serious consequences, from preventing a call reaching the ambulance service, to stopping families being able to talk to each other.”
They continued: “These senseless crimes are creating unnecessary risk to human life, both to those that live in the areas being targeted and to the emergency services working to contain the situation.”
Experts warned politicians, celebrities and influencers had all been caught up in spreading 5G coronavirus fake news online.
Nick Jeffery, the chief executive of Vodafone posted on Linkedin: “Arsonists, please think about what you are doing and stop.
“Imagine if it were your mum or dad, your gran or grandad in hospital. Imagine not being able to see or hear them one last time. All because you’ve swallowed a dangerous lie.
“There is absolutely no link between 5G and coronavirus. There is no science based evidence 5G is harmful to human health.”
The UK’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport told the BBC: “We have received several reports of criminal damage to phone masts and abuse of telecoms engineers apparently inspired by crackpot conspiracy theories circulating online.
“Those responsible for criminal acts will face the full force of the law.
“We must also see social media companies acting responsibly and taking much swifter action to stop nonsense spreading on their platforms, which encourages such acts.”
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EE told the Sun that it will be increasing security at high-risk sites.
Guards who are patrolling sites are being supplied with body cameras and are being instructed to alert local police of any suspicious activity.
The EE spokesperson continued: “Abuse towards our staff is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
“We’re introducing measures to try to ensure our engineers can continue their critical work, at a time when people need more than ever to stay connected to each other.”
This comes as hospital deaths from coronavirus passed 15,000 in the UK.
On Saturday, an additional 888 people were reported to have lost their lives due to the deadly virus in hospitals.
The total number who have been infected increased by 5,525 to 114,217.
Britons are still being urged to stay indoors following the Government’s guidance.
These restrictions include only going outside for food, health reasons or work when you cannot work from home.
If you do go out, stay two metres away from other people at all times.
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