1. ITV Report

Protesters against phone mast back on site after six years

Protesters campaigning against a planned phone mast to be built in Leicestershire have returned to the site after six years.

The protesters with their caravan in 2010, on the first anniversary of their campaign Credit: ITV News Central

In 2009, protesters in Melton Mowbray camped out on the site in a caravan, to stop the mobile phone mast going up, and appeared to have won their battle.

But today, they are back on site once more, after the mobile company were seen on the corner of Grange Drive and Sapcote Drive again.

Today, the protesters are back again Credit: ITV News Central

The protesters don't want the mast because they fear it would be a health risk.

Vodefone say they are reviewing all options before deciding whether to put up the mast.

Our customers expect to be able to access our 3G and 4G services where they live, work and travel. We are constantly working to improve our services but in order to do this, we must have masts located where people want to use their phones.

We have a requirement to improve both 3G and 4G coverage in this area of Melton Mowbray and whilst we recognise that we have permission to erect a mast at the corner of Grange Drive and Sapcote Drive, we are currently reviewing all options in the area before deciding on which is the best way forward to provide us with the coverage improvement that our customers want.

– Vodafone statement