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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.

The Government says the new 5G network is safe, but campaigners disagree. Credit: ITV News

There are hundreds of doctors and scientists across the world basically appealing against 5G on health and safety grounds. This is not just regarding human beings, it's including plants and also the effects on animals from electromagnetic radiation. And [The Lancet, a peer reviewed scientific journal](https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanplh/article/PIIS2542-5196(18), has been vocal on this, there's an article in there which is referencing all these doctors and scientists.

– John Kitson, 5G awareness campaigner

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

It is possible that there may be a small increase in overall exposure to radio waves when 5G is added to an existing telecommunications network or in a new area; however, the overall exposure is expected to remain low relative to guidelines and as such there should be no consequences for public health.

– Simon Mann, head of radiation dosimetry at Public Health England

There's no real scientific evidence that the use of mobile phones has serious detrimental effects on humans for example. There's been a lot of stories about cancer risk but the evidence on human population is relatively little so to speak and not very convincing.

– Frank de Vocht, reader in epidemiology and public health at University of Bristol
Dr Frank de Vocht from the University of Bristol says there is not much evidence that 5G is harmful. Credit: ITV News