May 15 2005

EXCLUSIVE Residents' fear over radio masts on roof

By Chris Tate

A BLOCK of flats bristling with mobile phone and radio masts has been branded the Tower of Terror after a grim series of cancer deaths.

Seven residents have died from the disease in the last 18 months alone, with four receiving treatment for related illnesses. Four others have suffered strokes.

Now panic-stricken neighbours are desperate to have the masts removed amid fears the emissions are death rays.

Residents' Association chairman Bill Marrow, 65, who was recently fitted with a pacemaker, said: "Every time I get a headache these days I'm worried I could be the next person to be struck down.

"The whole block is extremely concerned. We're all asking who is going to be next."

Vodaphone and Orange have base stations on top of Liscard House - the block housing 86 flats in Wallasey, Merseyside - and there is also a radio mast for the emergency services.

Health chiefs have launched an investigation and offered residents urgent medical checks. Reg Blackmore, 77, is currently nursing his wife Monica back to health after she too fell victim to the cancer curse. He said: "We love it here. It's been a fantastic place to retire to, but we're so worried that our health is suffering with each passing day."

Campaigner Bill accepts there is no scientific proof linking radio masts to cancer, but said: "I fear that one day someone will come along and tell us we were right about this.

Omega: There is scientific proof linking radio masts to cancer. See under:

Clusters in England

Inquiry into cancer cluster fears at 'tower of doom'

Cancer Clusters in Vicinity to Cell-Phone Transmitter Stations


"Until then it's better to be safe than sorry. We're determined to get these masts removed."We know there is no concrete proof these masts are causing the cancers but it is not fair to have the worry over our heads."

The seven dead are Norman McMahon, 64, Jean McCabe, 71, Betty Olney, 72, Ray Clynch, 70, Pat Doughty, 65, Alan Benson, 85, and Anastasia Redington, 72.

Birkenhead and Wallasey Primary Care Trust confirmed health checks were on offer and they would meet residents' requests for data on cancer rates which they can cross-reference with those in their building.

Orange said it had agreed to co-operate during the probe. A spokesman added: "Radiation coming from our mast is well below the guidelines. But we will do everything possible to allay the residents' concerns."

No-one from Vodafone was available for comment.


THE PEOPLE, 1 CANADA SQUARE, LONDON E14 5AP OR SEND AN EMAIL TO: people_letters@hotmail.com


Constant Use of Mobiles for sometimes trivial Purposes is pushing up the Demand for more and more Base Stations http://omega.twoday.net/stories/692981/


Those of us who live with it, know the truth about TETRA and how it affects us, which is always denied by Government, NHS, and phone companies.

I lost my composure and all else over this very issue on Friday and Saturday, and thought I was behaving unreasonably to want to push TETRA and health risks right up in the spotlight!
These two articles tell me I am right and I intend to try to do something about it, at whatever cost to myself.

Please note that TETRA is also on the tower block where 7 people have died.

I have written to the People and also sent the Comrie article to them. If any other groups want to join with me to get this issue aired as much as possible, please email The People (see below) or contact Mast Sanity


Campaigners’ alarm at health survey results

by Dave Lord

The Courier Tayside and Fife 15th May 2005

CAMPAIGNERS AGAINST a controversial mobile communication system claim dozens of residents of a Perthshire town are suffering acute health problems due to their prox- imity to a telecommunications mast.

The vast majority of respondents to a survey organised by the Comrie Action on TETRA (CAT) group reported illness including rashes, itchy skin, disturbed sleep and headaches.

CAT is now calling for a ban on the system, which is used by the emergency services.

The Comrie mast is located close to the local primary school and campaigners claim to have found persuasive evidence that the technology is unsafe.

“TETRA is affecting the health of the community in Comrie,” a CAT spokesman told The Courier yesterday.

“Comrie has a population of around 1800 and Comrie Action on Tetra has carried out a health survey of 1000 households. The results appear to show that many people are already suffering negative health effects.”

The spokesman said it was “particularly alarming” to note that people within a mile radius of the mast were more likely to be affected.

“Surveys were handed out and col-lected by local volunteers and in total 167 households responded,” he said. “Of these, 118 people said they thought they were being affected in some way or other by the mast.”

Most common health-related problems reported were disturbed sleep (91) followed by headaches (61), rashes and itchy skin (35) and dizziness (25). Other people noted unusual nosebleeds and other symptoms.

Of 69 respondents living within a mile of the TETRA mast, 47 reported negative health effects compared to 22 reporting no noticeable effects. “Of 80 households over a mile away, only 21 reported negative effects while 59 said they were not affected,” the spokesman said.

“If TETRA was not responsible for the health problems reported, it would have been assumed there would be no obvious difference based on distance from the mast.”

In the light of the results, the proximity of the mast to Comrie primary school is causing renewed anxiety.

“It is hard not to conclude that TETRA is having a negative effect on the quality of life of many in this community,” the spokesman said.

“Of particular concern is the proximity of the mast to the primary school where children who live in the village spend their days.

“We also believe that many people who are being affected have not filled in the survey forms and that there is still more to uncover. There is a sense that people try to manage problems like headaches and disturbed sleep and just make the best of it.”

CAT called for more to be done in a bid to stop the roll-out of TETRA.

“We would urge the Scottish Executive, health boards, and any relevant regulatory bodies to take a serious look at this now,” the spokesman said. “How many other communities throughout the UK are affected, and why are most politicians and media so quiet and complacent about this?

“It should not just be left to individuals and families to cope and manage these problems into their daily lives. They should not be expec-ted do so quietly and compliantly.”

The Comrie survey was carried out over the first few months of the year, around six months from the time that the TETRA mast was switched on.

Last night O2 Airwave, the company behind the mast, poured scorn on the survey’s findings.

“I wonder if this was a scientific study,” said communication manager Ray Weldon. “If you ask questions like this you are bound to get a certain amount of ticked boxes.”

Mr Weldon denied that the health problems described had anything to do with proximity to a TETRA mast.

“People who make surveys like this can get the answers they want by the way they ask the questions,” he continued. “TETRA is a safe technology—that is why it has been adopted by police forces across the UK .”

Mr Weldon added that “numerous” scientific studies had been carried out and that TETRA had not been found to pose any particular health risks.



11:00 - 12 May 2005

So Mike Dolan would have us believe that international guidelines support the claim that the mobile phone industry, which he represents, is squeaky-clean as to health effects (Letters, May 5). Rather than bandy words, let's look at what those International Commission for Non-Ionising Radiation Protection guidelines actually say. I quote: "These guidelines are based on short-term immediate effects such as . . . shocks and burns . . . elevated tissue temperatures . . . In the case of potential long-term effects of exposure, such as increased risk of cancer, ICNIRP concluded that available data are insufficient for setting exposure restrictions".

Note that the guidelines don't say 'no evidence of long-term non-thermal health effects', but 'insufficient data on which to base a safety threshold for such effects - so these guidelines don't cover them'. Exactly what the phone and mast health lobby keeps saying, and the Government keeps ignoring.

Of the six studies to date on phone masts, every one has shown significant ill-health effects. A recent four-year EU-backed study by 12 partners in seven countries repeatedly showed irrefutable evidence of phone emissions, at levels within ICNIRP guidelines, causing double-strand DNA breaks of the sort that lead to cancer.

Details of these studies, and many more, can be seen on my website http://www.starweave.com .

Mr Dolan would also have us believe that the NRPB, advisers to Government that he claims support his view, are independent.

We've heard from Government advisers before - on asbestos, BSE and the like. Anyone who dares to publicly advise the Government that this particular multi-billion pound cash cow is a health hazard may well find their services no longer required.



Lustleigh, Newton Abbot



17 May 2005 11:40

Norwich Evening News

A Norwich MP today welcomed new research which suggested people in rural areas could be at a heightened risk of health problems because of mobile phone masts — and said it should be used to back up calls to stop more masts springing up.

The latest Swedish research shows that rural mobile phone users could face eight times the risk of developing brain cancer than those living in urban areas — because of the use of boosters to make masts more powerful.

The research findings echoed warnings made by a foremost radiation expert that users in areas with poor reception, such as parts of rural East Anglia, are more vulnerable because signals have to be boosted to make a connection.

"The phone companies will argue that we need more phone masts to reduce these risks," said Dr Ian Gibson, MP for Norwich North.

"This research is only one piece of research and needs to be duplicated. But it still keeps the issue of health problems on the agenda. If the phone companies had their way they would have one on every street corner."

The Evening News has campaigned against the installation of mobile phone masts near homes and schools until it is proved they are safe.

Dr Gibson, who has been a long-time supporter of out Put Masts on Hold campaign, said the latest research means we will have to think more about people living in rural areas.

"Where they are in rural areas people are at greater risk than those at the same distance from them in urban areas," he said.

Mike Dolan, executive director Mobile Operators Association, said: "All mobile handsets in the UK comply with international health and safety guidelines which apply whether the phones are used in rural or urban areas.

"Individual studies must be seen in the light of the total research effort into mobile phone safety.

"Conclusions cannot be drawn from individual studies until they have been confirmed and reviewed by the scientific community.

"The MOA and mobile phone operators will carefully consider this latest statistical study from Sweden.

"However the authors themselves highlight that they used a small sample size and their findings should be treated with caution."

Although the application of the Swedish study to British mobile phone use has been questioned, Dr Gibson backed it up — insisting it was equally relevant to those living in rural East Anglia. He said similar research was currently being conducted in Essex.

More than three years ago, Dr Alasdair Philips, a foremost expert on electromagnetic radiation and director of Powerwatch, told the British Association science festival that potentially dangerous radiation levels from handsets were higher in poor reception areas.

Other experts in the UK have said there is no proven health risk to using mobile phones. But they have acknowledged the possibility of a problem emerging after prolonged use as mobile technology was still a relatively new phenomenon.

Sir William Stewart, chairman of the Health Protection Agency (HPA), has called on parents to ban under-eights from using mobile phones and wants teenagers to restrict their use and rely more on sending text messages.


My response to Dolan's letter of 16th May

I begin to wonder if Mr Michael Dolan, and other government officials, or advisors, read an entirely different version of the 2004 Stewart report for the National Radiological Protection Board to that which is available from the NRPB website. They seem to read from a different hymn sheet, somehow.

On pages 47 and 48 of this report, under the heading 'Main Conclusions On the Possible Effects of Mobile Phone Technology On Human Health' 1.16 to 1.21 reads as follows:

1.16 Despite public concern about the safety of mobile phones and base stations, rather little research specifically relevant to these emissions has been published in the peer-reviewed scientific literature. This presumably reflects the fact that it is only recently that mobile phones have been widely used by the public (paragraphs 2.1-2.12) and as yet there has been little opportunity for any health effects to become manifest. There is, however, some peer-reviewed literature from human and animal studies, and an extensive non-peer reviewed information base, relating to potential health effects caused by exposure to RF radiation from mobile phone technology.

1.17 The balance of evidence to date SUGGESTS that exposures to RF radiation below NRPB and ICNIRP guidelines do not cause adverse health effects to the general population (Chapter 5, paragraphs 6.33-6.42)

1.18 There is now scientific evidence, however, which SUGGESTS that there may be biological effects occurring at exposures below these guidelines. (paragraphs 5.176-5.194. 6.38). This does not necessarily mean that these effects lead to disease or injury, but it is potentially important information and we consider the implications below.

1.19 There are additional factors that need to be taken into account in assessing any possible health effects. Populations as a whole are not genetically homogeneous and people can vary in their susceptibility to environmental hazards. There are some well-established examples in the literature of the genetic predisposition of some groups, which could influence sensitivity to disease. There could also be dependence on age.

We conclude therefore that it is not possible at present to say that exposure to RF radiation, even at levels below national guidelines, is totally without potential adverse health effects, and that the gaps in the knowledge are sufficient to justify a precautionary approach. (Chapter 5, paragraphs 6.35-6.42)

1.20 In the light of the above conclusions we recommend that a precautionary approach to the use of mobile phone technologies be adopted until much more detailed and scientifically robust information on any health effects becomes available. (Chapter 5, paragraphs 6.35-6.42)

1.21 We note the precautionary approach, in itself, is not without cost (paragraph 6.16) but we consider it to be an essential approach at this early stage in our understanding of mobile phone technology and its potential to impact on biological systems and on human health.

I find it very hard to reconcile Mr Dolan's, the mobile phone companies,' and Government's stance of "No evidence of adverse health effects from mobile phones and base stations operating within international guidelines" with Sir William Stewart's "Balance of evidence SUGGESTS that exposure etc" (1.17); the reference at 1.18, 'which SUGGESTS that there may be biological effects….."; the reference at 1.19 " it is not possible at present to say that exposure to RF radiation, even at levels below national guidelines, is totally without potential adverse health effects….."

I wonder if Mr Dolan can answer the question on most people's lips? "What happened to the precautionary approach?"

I also wonder how Mr Dolan would answer those many people I speak to on the Mast Sanity advice line, who tell me they are unwell with what we now recognise as 'classic mast symptoms', or how many people in their area feel unwell around masts. Also they wonder why their doctors keep telling them this technology is safe, rather than exploring the possibility that their ill-health might be attributed to this technology using microwave radiation.

I guess the absolute proof either way lies in the future, for there is no conclusive evidence at this moment in time which seems to be acceptable either to officials, or those who suffer around this technology. There will come a time, and if any deceit is exposed, names will be remembered by the people of the UK .

Sandra Lawrence


Well done, Sandi - Mike Dolan is obviously paid a lot of money to say the things he does (and being a lawyer knows exactly how to say it!).

We are hearing now that epidemiological studies are going to be difficult as time goes by as it will be difficult to find a control group who have not been exposed!!! The continued "head in the sand" tactics have certainly worked in the favour of the Government and phone companies.



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