December 17, 12:42 PM
Mobile mast destroyed over
By Graeme Wearden
A 150-foot high mobile phone mast was attacked last weekend
by local residents who believe the mast has caused several cases of
cancer in the area.
The mast, located in the Cranlome area of Dungannon, Northern
Ireland, was brought down on Saturday evening. Those responsible are
thought to have broken through an electrified fence before using an
angle grinder to sever its four legs.
Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE), which owned the mast, has
condemned the action -- which it claims has also endangered local
"This facility identifies faults on the network and transmits
information to NIE's control centre. It also allows NIE's engineers to
communicate with each other by radio, which is vital when we have to
deal with the sort of widespread damage a storm can bring," said NIE
spokesman Robin Greer. "This damage will hamper the restoration of
electricity supplies if there is any damage to the local electricity
network in the coming months, and will delay the implementation of new
network monitoring systems," Greer added.
As well as being used by five mobile phone operators, the
mast alsoprovided radio communications facilities for a range of
servicesincluding the ambulance service, the water service and
Dungannon Borough Council.
Local residents have been campaigning against the mast,
claiming that several cancer cases have been caused by the
electromagnetic radiation it emits.
According to The Daily Telegraph, the attack is thought to
have been triggered by the death of a local man from cancer last week.
SV: VS: mobilephone masts - Basestation -
Last August I asked you for help in the matter referred below.
I received many useful answers and good technical advice.
To start with these people did not have any knowledge on masts and
health effects of EMF/MW etc. I then supplied these people with all the
information available, including your information. This knowledge
enabled them to write relevant letters of protest against the this mast
to authorities, companies, ministers etc.
The result is that the local authorities have turned down the
application of the telephone company to raise this mast at this site.
They wrote that they think it is not necessary to have more
mobilphonemasts in this area, which is a natural protected area. It
will not improve any telecommunication conditions, since there is
already one mast in a nearby area.
These people have now become very interested and active in the mobile
phone masts issue. They will try to have a broadcast in the local
radio/TV and can now give advice to other groups of people facing the
Thank you all for your help, it can really pay to protest.
"I am contacted by a group of people here in Denmark on the
following: The telephonecompany wants to raise a mobilephone mast, 24 m
high, on top of a school. This is a rather densely populated holiday
resort. The inhabitants are protesting, but are only given a few days
before the decision is made. The company said they are willing to move
it to a place they indicate. Their question now is, how far away is
"safe"? We have no information about field strengths etc. Anyway the
standard answer is always, that it is below the accepted atandards
I recall a message about New RF/MW exposure from Spain, where they
mention 500 m. Should this really be sufficient?
I am grateful for some very fast reactions, since time is running out.
Omega: Email from Sianette Kwee (last August).
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