Mobile phone mast fires are being investigated amid conspiracy theories claiming a link between 5G and coronavirus.
There have been fires at masts in Birmingham, Liverpool and Melling in Merseyside.
A video, allegedly of the blaze in Aigburth, was shared on YouTube and Facebook, claiming a link between the mobile technology and Covid-19.
Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove said it was “dangerous nonsense”.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said on Twitter “there is absolutely no credible evidence” of a link, while trade body Mobile UK said such rumours and conspiracy theories were “concerning”.
At the government’s daily coronavirus briefing earlier, Mr. Gove said conspiracy theories linking 5G with Covid-19 were “just nonsense, dangerous nonsense as well.”
NHS Director Stephen Powis told the press conference 5G infrastructure is critical both to the general population who are being asked to stay at home and to the healthcare response to the virus.
“I’m absolutely outraged and disgusted that people would be taking action against the infrastructure we need to tackle this emergency,” he said.
Mobile UK said key workers had suffered abuse and threats from people about damaging infrastructure under the pretense of claims about 5G.
“This is not acceptable and only impacts on our ability as an industry to maintain the resilience and operational capacity of the networks to support mass home working and critical connectivity to the emergency services, vulnerable consumers and hospitals.”(BBC)