Anti 5G campaigners want ‘precautionary principle’ in Bedford to stop advance of new mobile technology

Campaigners are calling on Bedford Council to adopt the “precautionary principle” to stop the roll out of speedy 5G mobile technology in the borough.

By David Tooley, local democracy reporter
Thursday, 5th December 2019, 4:41 pm
Updated Thursday, 5th December 2019, 4:42 pm

Sue Fletcher has been working her way around all the relevant committees of the borough council to put leading councillors and the mayor on the spot over what she says are the bad health effects of 5G technology.

Astrologer and life coach Mrs Fletcher, her husband John, and their friend, anti-fluoride campaigner Cynthia Bagchi attended the full council on Wednesday to put their case to stop the acceleration of 5G, which offers speedy mobile connections to the internet.

Mrs Fletcher claimed that insurance companies won’t cover “damages caused by the pathological properties of electromagnetic radiation” and phone companies have a “warning on each phone to keep it away from the body at all times.”

Anti 5G campaigners, from left, Cynthia Bagchi, John and Sue Fletcher

“Cell phone companies are waging a battle similar to tobacco companies,” she claimed. “They require a minimum separation distance (from the body) of between five and 15mm for regulatory approval.”

Mrs Fletcher said that some councils are already suspending the roll out of 5G due to health concerns and non-coverage by health companies. Other councils, she said, have already invoked the “precautionary principle” to halt the roll out until the technology is proven safe.

Mayor Dave Hodgson (Lib Dem) said if insurance companies were recognising a risk it meant that they were “showing caution”, but he said his mobile phone doesn’t have a warning on it and “he hasn’t seen any” that have.

“It may be the case in the USA but it is not mandated in the UK currently,” he added.

He said Mrs Fletcher would be better advised to ask parliamentary candidates where they stood on the issue as it is something that the Government can control.

After the meeting Mrs Fletcher said that anti 5G campaigners like herself were working across the country to put pressure on local councils to join the resistance to 5G. She hopes a grass roots movement will eventually persuade the Government to change course.

Mrs Fletcher is one of the organisers of a Facebook group, Working Together To Keep Bedford 5G Free, which currently has 76 members.

She added: “Who wants a phone to download a film in one second? I don’t and I don’t know anyone who does.”

She said the difference between 4G mobile phone technology and 5G is in the “pulses” which are used to carry the signals. She claimed that there are people who are highly sensitive to such signals and it affects their health.