UK Government faces legal challenge over 5G phone masts ‘safety fears’


TRISTAN KIRK Courts Correspondent

The government’s rollout of the 5G mobile network is facing a High Court legal challenge amid safety fears around the new generation of phone masts.

Ministers announced in July it was relaxing planning permission requirements for the extension and upgrade of phone masts around the country, to accelerate the implementation of the 5G network.

Today, a judicial review was launched into that decision, challenging the consultation carried out, accusing civil servants of withholding key scientific data from ministers before the decision was made, and claiming that safety fears around 5G masts have not be allayed.

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