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The Sentinel, november, 9, 2006

DID THIS PHONE MAST GIVE ME CANCER?

Families living within feet of a phone mast say it is to blame for 27 deaths and illnesses in their streets in the past 13 years. They are lining their lofts with tin foil, putting up metal mesh curtains and installing specialist windows. Protesters have recorded brain haemorrhages, tumours and cancers in the area, as well as strokes, irregular heartbeats, epilepsy, high blood pressure and sleeplessness.

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DID THIS PHONE MAST GIVE ME CANCER?

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DAVID JOHNSON

09:40 - 01 January 2006
Families living within feet of a phone mast say it is to blame for 27 deaths and illnesses in their streets in the past 13 years.

Now residents are spending hundreds of pounds trying to protect themselves from radiation.

They are lining their lofts with tin foil, putting up metal mesh curtains and installing specialist windows.

They want the 82-foot Orange-owned antenna in Shooters Hill, Stoke-on-Trent - which collects and distributes signals from other masts - to be torn down.

They say the microwaves from the mast are potentially lethal.

Mother-of-two Karen Owens, pictured, aged 40, who lives 300 feet from the mast, has just had a mastectomy after contracting cancer.

She said: "Since I was diagnosed it has always been in the back of my mind that it could be connected to the mast."

Protesters have recorded brain haemorrhages, tumours and cancers in the area, as well as strokes, irregular heartbeats, epilepsy, high blood pressure and sleeplessness.

Some medical experts believe these conditions could be linked to certain types of microwave radiation.

Chris Cornes has used about 50 rolls of tin foil to line her loft and bed headboard after monitoring equipment showed one side of her home has much more microwave radiation than the other.

Mrs Cornes, whose husband died from cancer four years ago, said: "We only use the lounge at the opposite end of the house.

"When you hear that meter giving out all that noise because of the microwaves it is detecting, what would you do?

"When you sit on my grass you also get all the rays, so we have to avoid that as well. I think it’s disgusting we have to live like this. The mast should come down."

Jean Hopkins, who lives in Cherrywood Grove, was suffering from headaches until spending 1,000 on precautions.

Mrs Hopkins said: "We’ve lined the loft with 40 or 50 rolls of aluminum foil.

"Initially we put it over the windows at the back because we thought it was the only way of stopping the radiation.

"We then bought these special metal mesh curtains which cost about 40 a square metre and we have those up at all six of the back windows. They are drawn all the time."

Mrs Hopkins added: "I’m not a hypochondriac and I don’t make things up. Residents shouldn’t have to live like this. It destroys your quality of life."

Pensioner Alfred Oakes, who lives close to the mast on Sandon Road, believes his skin cancer could be connected to waves from the mast. He said: "I think the mast should be taken down."

Should the mast be removed?

For more stories on phone masts go to www.thisisthesentinel/phonemasts

Your Views
where we were living in Wales an orange mast and a tetra were erected within 500 meters of 7 schools...For 6 hours a day, 5 days a week the children in those schools have to sit where they are told...if any were made uncomfortable as a result of exposure to microwave radiation, that would have been tough. It is possible to protect our own homes, but there seemed to be nothing we could do to protect our children in those schools who will have to live the rest of their lives with the long term consequences.
ruth, Herefordshire

This is typical of what to expect after 8 years exposure to the microwave radiaiton. For details of other cancer clusters in the UKseewww.mast-victims.orgwww.mastsanity.orgwww.radiationresearch.org.ukwww.powerwatch.org.uk
Sara, London

The politicians won’t admit what the evidence shows because it will force them to ban a popular technology. As long as they can find a way to claim they ’didn’t know about the risks’ they can avoid being the ones who took the fun toys away. Now that I have done some independent research I will never own a mobile phone again. I am also in the process of wallpapering my home in aluminium foil since I had a mast put 20 meters from my front door. The mobile phone companies should be hauled before the courts on corporate manslaughter charges. The way the government and phone industry support each other is just obscene. Probably has something to do with the 22.5 billion paid in operator licence fees.
Simon Densley, Morden, Surrey

Of course these phone masts are responsible for the cancers and deaths. There are hundred of similar cancer clusters nationwide. There is also hundreds of independant pieces of research proving the links to serious ill health from the electro magnetic radiation emitted by these phone masts. Yet our government and phone operators continue to ignore the consequences of this harmful technology.
John E, Bristol

The radiation meters can’t be wrong! There is one on the top of Trentham high School, I think this is disgusting as well!
Paul, Adderley Green

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