Police appeal for witnesses to '5G' arson attack on phone mast in Belfast

POLICE are appealing for information after a mobile phone mast in Belfast was damaged in an arson attack, with online footage suggesting the motive was opposition to 5G networks.

The video clip shows an incident on the Antrim Road in north Belfast on Thursday night, in which flames can be seen at the base of a mobile telephone mast.

Voices can be heard stating "**** 5G" and "viva la revolution" as the fire burns.

Conspiracy theorists suggest 5G has been linked to health problems, despite evidence from medical professionals debunking the myths.

In recent weeks, rumours have been shared online linking 5G to coronavirus infections, and in Birmingham this week, a telephone mast was destroyed after being set alight by vandals.

A PSNI spokesman urged anyone with information on Thursday's incident, which was reported at around 10.30pm, to contact them.

"Small fires were lit which caused scorch damage to a nearby electrical junction box," he said, describing the damage.