Twenty 5G masts have now been attacked in West Midlands

Twenty phone masts in the West Midlands have been attacked over fake 5G coronavirus claims.

5G phone masts have been attacked over recent months (Library image)
5G phone masts have been attacked over recent months (Library image)

The incidents have led to two arrests, after masts were vandalised and burned by people believing baseless conspiracy theories suggesting they are being used to spread Covid-19.

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said the region appeared to be an epicentre of such behaviour, with 38 per cent of the country's 53 attacks occurring here.

"There is a totally unsubstantiated, ludicrous myth going around that 5G masts radiating out Covid-19," he said.

"That is truly ridiculous and false. However, a number of people, particularly in the West Midlands, have taken it upon themselves to cleanse us of this ill by attacking the masts.

"Anyone with good sense can see that at the present moment to our telecommunications system is absolutely vital."

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