Norfolk decision may bring new challenge for TETRA

A mobile phone mast that is currently sited on North Walsham police station may have to be removed after a court ruled in favour of a father who successfully argued that the mast was affecting his four-year-old son’s health.

Mar 23, 2006
By David Howell
Bedfordshire PCC Festus Akinbusoye

A mobile phone mast that is currently sited on North Walsham police station may have to be removed after a court ruled in favour of a father who successfully argued that the mast was affecting his four-year-old son’s health.

Matthew Pennington was preparing his case against the masts owners O2 when in a surprise move the company asked the judge to rule in the Pennington’s favour. A spokeswoman for the campaign group Mast Sanity said: “In the short term, it’s good news for the objectors because they feel they’ve won. But what we would like to happen is have the court rulings on these things, which would give people power.

“It would be better if there was a case that would provide legal precedent to say there’s a problem with Tetra masts and other masts, which would then give other campaign groups and objectors something to refer to.”

A spokesman for Norfolk Constabulary said: “O2 is contracted to provide a level of coverage based on operational policing requirements.”

The local county council could now demand that the mast is switched off.

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