Daniel Mumby: Somerset residents lock horns with experts over how safe 5G would be for humans and the natural world

13/03/2020 - 09:14

Protestors packed into Shire Hall in Taunton on Wednesday morning (March 11) to speak out against 5G, arguing the technology could cause health complications and had major security shortcomings.

Experts from public health and the telecoms industry, by contrast, argued the risks were overstated and sufficient guidelines to protect the public were already in place.

This Somerset County Council meeting came a day after all five Somerset MPs rebelled against the government over the role of the Chinese firm Huawei in the UK's 5G network.

Louise Thomas questioned whether the perceived benefits of "the internet of things" were outweighed by technologies' impact on the natural world.

She said: "Do we really need driver-less cars or our toaster to speak to our fridge? Advances in technologies do not always work.

"There are cancer clusters around masts - why aren't we safeguarding our children? It is madness."