The UK’s cellular networks have reported an extra 20 instances of phone masts being focused in suspected arson attacks over the Easter weekend.
Trade group Mobile UK mentioned it had been notified of incidents in England, Wales and Scotland.
It added it had acquired no reviews of employees being focused over the interval.
The determine represents a decrease incidence fee than had been the case the earlier weekend.
There had been arson attacks on 5G masts forward of the coronavirus pandemic. But there are issues that the vandalism is being inspired by conspiracy theories, which falsely declare the deployment of 5G networks has prompted or helped speed up the unfold of Covid-19.
“Theories being unfold about 5G are baseless and usually are not grounded in credible scientific principle,” mentioned a spokesman for Mobile UK.
“Mobile operators are devoted to holding the UK related, and careless speak might trigger untold harm.
“Continuing attacks on cellular infrastructure threat lives and, at this difficult time, the UK’s vital sectors should have the ability to focus all their efforts on preventing this pandemic.”
The minister for digital infrastructure had earlier described such attacks as being “irresponsible and idiotic”.
The announcement got here hours after media regulator Ofcom mentioned it was assessing feedback made by ITV presenter Eamonn Holmes about 5G expertise and coronavirus.
On Monday, he had solid doubt on media reviews which had explicitly refuted the parable that the 2 are linked.
But this morning, he clarified his place saying: “There isn’t any connection between the current nationwide well being emergency and 5G, and to recommend in any other case could be flawed and certainly it could possibly be harmful.”
There have additionally been reviews of potential instances because the Easter break.
Three males have been arrested on suspicion of arson after a phone mast was on hearth in Dagenham, Essex.
The Met police told the Barking and Dagenham Post: “Some evacuations had been carried out as a precaution, however residents have since been allowed to return to their properties. There aren’t any reviews of any accidents.”
Police in Huddersfield have additionally mentioned they’re making an attempt to find out precisely how a phone mast got here to be on hearth within the early hours of this morning.
The hearth destroyed communications tools utilized by the emergency providers in addition to three cellular phone community suppliers, the native hearth service mentioned.
Recent attacks on telecoms infrastructure haven’t been restricted to the UK.
On Saturday, the newspaper De Telegraaf reported there had been four incidents in the Netherlands over the earlier week. It mentioned in a single case, arsonists had left an anti-5G slogan painted on the broken tools.
There have additionally been reports of a suspected case in Ireland, the place two masts caught hearth on Sunday. Network supplier Eir mentioned the affected infrastructure was not getting used for 5G, however was being upgraded to spice up 4G protection for a close-by hospital and the encircling space.