Razor blades hidden behind anti-5G posters by conspiracy nuts, telecoms engineers are being warned

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RAZOR blades have been hidden behind anti-5G posters by conspiracy nuts, telecoms engineers are being warned.

It comes amid a spike in attacks on engineers, fuelled by a bonkers conspiracy theories that wrongly link 5G and coronavirus.

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Razor blades have reportedly been found hidden behind anti-5G posters

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‘5G Kills’ is written on a bus stop in Shoreditch in London[/caption]

Engineer Aaron Ashton-Jones said he was verbally abused while driving to help a vulnerable customer in Kent

OpenReach workers were told by bosses to take care after blades and needles were found behind protest signs.

The telecommunications giant said there were 68 incidents of verbal and physical abuse since April 1 as opposed to 42 for all of 2019.

The firm, which runs the broadband network for a range of internet service providers, said 56 of the reported attacks were linked to opposition to 5G.

Engineers working on fixed broadband lines had wrongly been accused of installing the 5G network and causing both cancers and coronavirus.

Claims the wireless technology helps spread the virus have been condemned by scientists.


Corporate affairs director at OpenReach Catherine Colloms said there had been an “escalation” of attacks in recent weeks.

She said: “A lot of it is verbal, a lot of it is quite unpleasant and really distressing for our engineers who are out there trying to do their job and keep the UK connected.

“We have had some instances of physical abuse, either threatened abuse or people have attacked, for example, an engineer’s van when they are working alongside it.”

Catherine added that other engineers have been coughed at by people claiming to have Covid-19.

An OpenReach spokeswoman said: “We’ve received reports from other telecommunications companies that anti-5G posters have started to appear on street equipment – particularly in London.

“On closer inspection, the posters have had razor blades and needles stuck on the back. Fortunately none of our engineers have encountered these dangerous items, but we’ve given them guidance about what to do if they do find any.”

Engineer Aaron Ashton-Jones said he was driving to help a vulnerable customer in Kent when a car pulled in front of his OpenReach-branded van and slammed on the brakes.

The driver got out of his car and began shouting “all sorts of horrible words”, Mr Ashton-Jones told the BBC.

“He said, ‘you are spreading 5G, you are killing communities, you are the one who is spreading this virus’.”

Kent Police confirmed it was investigating a report a man was verbally abused in Sittingbourne on 29 April.

Crackpot arsonists have torched a number of 5G phone masts in the UK in response to online conspiracy theories.

The first fire took place in Birmingham, but several attacks on 5G towers quickly followed up and down the country.

The theory originated in March after a video filmed at a US health conference claimed Africa was not as affected by the disease because it is “not a 5G region”.

The theory was debunked further when the World Health Organisation confirmed there were thousands of Covid-19 cases in Africa.

What is 5G, and is it safe?

Here’s what you need to know…

  • Just like 4G (and 3G before that), 5G is simply a new generation of mobile internet
  • Phone networks have tweaked the technology to deliver faster speeds – and have dubbed it the “5th generation”, or 5
  • ll signals fall on the electromagnetic spectrum – from radio waves, to X-rays, and even visible light
  • Phone networks use microwaves of a very specific frequency to deliver the internet to your iPhone or Android mobile
  • This was true of 3G and 4G, and it’s still true with 5G
  • In the UK, 4G signals generally sit between 800MHz and 2.6GHz on the electromagnetic spectrum
  • 5G is a little higher at 3.4GHz to 3.6GHz, but that’s tiny when you consider that microwaves go up to 300GHz
  • And visible light comes in at a range of around 430THz to 770THz
  • That’s more than a thousand times higher than the maximum microwave – and 100,000 higher than 5G
  • Dangerous radiation, like UV rays, X-rays and gamma rays are also far higher up the spectrum still
  • Online conspiracy theorists are claiming that 5G can cause harm
  • Early theories suggested 5G could lead to cancer – and now crackpots have linked it to coronavirus too
  • But it’s simply impossible for 5G to cause any of these problems
  • Radiation damages cells by breaking them apart, but 5G microwaves simply lack the power to do this
  • 5G is a low-frequency radiation, far below infrared and visible light
  • In fact, it’s essential that 5G is low-frequency, because higher frequencies are less useful at delivering mobile signals over large areas
  • We know that this level of radiation is safe, because otherwise the visible light from our televisions would have killed us a long time ago

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Claims the wireless technology helps spread the virus have been condemned by scientists[/caption]

OpenReach engineers are continuing to face verbal abuse and physical threats
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A telecoms mast on Becontree Avenue in Dagenham after a suspicious fire on April 14
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5G mobile provider masts newly installed to the roofs of a south east London housing estate
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This message has appeared on the side of a sports changing room in Wanstead flats, East London
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Graffiti in Bute Park that reads ‘5G wifi is bad’ in Cardiff
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A sign linking 5G to coronavirus is written on the pavement in London
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