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Business Insider: 5G conspiracy theorists are hiding razors and needles as booby traps for telecoms engineers

5G conspiracy theorists in the UK are verbally harassing telecoms engineers, assaulting them, and even leaving traps for them.

The Verge reports telecoms engineers in the UK have discovered razor blades and needles hidden behind posters on telephone poles to catch them when maintaining the country’s broadband network.

This isn’t the only act of violence associated with 5G conspiracy theories. As theories blaming the spread of the coronavirus on 5G began to gain traction online earlier this year, believers in the theories began setting fire to cell phone towers.

While the arson attacks are not unique to the UK, the country seems to have been particularly badly hit by them. Industry group Mobile UK told The Verge that since March 30 there have been 90 attacks on mobile infrastructure and 200 counts of abuse against telecoms engineers.

Most of the time the abuse is verbal, but some confrontations have escalated to physical violence. In one instance an engineer was stabbed and hospitalized, and BT CEO Philip Jansen said in April that some engineers had had cars driven at them.

The majority of these engineers and sites have nothing to do with 5G, but they have nonetheless become a focal point for the attacks.

Sky News: 90 attacks on phone masts reported during UK’s lockdown

Around 90 attacks targeting the UK’s telecommunications infrastructure have been reported during the coronavirus lockdown.

The incidents, which surged over the Easter weekend, are believed to be motivated by conspiracy theories linking COVID-19 to the deployment of 5G masts.

Derbyshire Police has called for witnesses to come forward over the most recent suspected arson attack, which targeted a mobile mast near Breadsall Hilltop at 2am on Sunday.