Campaigners warn of 5G 'health risks' as Totnes council blocks new masts

The roll-out of 5G has been halted in Totnes as campaigners call on the Government to act on their concerns about the health risks of the new mobile network.

The town's councillors have agreed to block any new masts until they have more evidence.

But medical experts say low levels of radiation are unlikely to cause us any damage.

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5G is the next generation of mobile data communications, with mobile internet speeds potentially several times greater than that of 4G.

Until now, 4G has been the fastest data network so, naturally, 5G is the upgrade.

It’s difficult to say exactly how much quicker 5G will be than 4G. Carphone Warehouse claims 5G can offer speeds up to 1,000 times faster than 4G, which means you could download a full HD movie in a matter of seconds.

The debate about the health risks of mobile phone networks has been going on for many years. Credit: ITV News
Dr Frank de Vocht from the University of Bristol says there is not much evidence that 5G is harmful. Credit: ITV News