The North-East Council refutes “carrying out secret government trials” confirming “the street lights in Gateshead will not give you cancer.”
It is one of the more bizarre Facebook posts you will see from a local council and begins;
“We are aware that certain individuals are frightening local people with false stories about the street lights in Gateshead – despite the fact we, and others, have told them repeatedly that their allegations are entirely false.”
In aiming to “set the record straight” the post continues;
- Gateshead Council DOES NOT use 5G technology in any of its street lights, or in any other capacity. It has never done so.
- The street lights in Gateshead will not give you cancer
- The street lights will not induce miscarriages in pregnant women, or cause insomnia, or nosebleeds, and they are not killing all the birds and insects.
- Gateshead Council is NOT carrying out secret government trials in 5G technology via our street lights.
The post, which was posted yesterday (9th April) at 14:14 has since been shared over 1,500 times and attracted a wide range of responses including this passage prompted by Micky Cowen from Newcastle response;
“This is exactly what Gateshead council would say if all the rumours were true but wanted nobody to find out”
In a more combative response, Mark Steele from Gateshead added;
“Gateshead Council. If you have nothing to hide answer the second question and the FOI requests that are mandated by LAW to be replied too…”
Nicola Richardson of Gateshead who suggests she lives on a street where people are spreading these rumours reviled;
“Can hardly leave our houses without having the latest data thrust at us, and going on and on for hours about it. It’s so irritating.”
What is being claimed?
According to this article by the Daily Mail, the aforementioned Mark Steel, who is described as a ‘local scientist’ is quoted as saying the town is facing a “humanitarian crisis” as a result of ‘more than 37,000 EMF-emitting lamps’.
Mr Steel, who has posted numerous videos on YouTube concerning the matter, suggests the newly installed street lighting has been the cause of miscarriages, insomnia and other complaints for local residents.
In quotes to the Daily Mail, Mr Steel said:
“We are seeing babies dying in the womb as these transmitters are situated.”
“We’ve got people bleeding from the nose in my locality. We’ve got people who can’t sleep from neurological disorders.”
What are EMF’s?
In guidance offered on Health and Safety Executive website, EMF stands for Electromagnetic fields and “arise whenever electrical energy is used.”
It further states;
“It has been known for a long time that exposure of people to high levels of EMFs can give rise to acute effects.
The effects that can occur depend on the frequency of the radiation. At low frequencies the effects will be on the central nervous system of the body whilst at high frequencies, heating effects can occur leading to a rise in body temperature.
In reality, these effects are extremely rare and will not occur in most day-to-day work situations.”
Within the link, the HSE also provide a PDF guide to ‘Electromagnetic fields at Work’ which “explains an employer’s duties under the Control of Electromagnetic Fields at Work Regulations 2016.”
The guide also “explains what an EMF is, what the law says and how to assess employees’ potential exposure to EMFs with reference to ‘action levels’ and ‘exposure limit values’.”