5G risk must be de­bated, says judge amid coun­cil calls to ‘gag’ pro­tester

The Chronicle - - News - Anti 5G cam­paigner Mark Steele out­side New­cas­tle Crown Court

A JUDGE re­fused to ‘gag’ an-anti 5G light­ing cam­paigner, rul­ing that the is­sue should be de­bated.

Mark Steele claims 5G tech­nol­ogy kills ba­bies and causes can­cer, and he be­lieves it’s se­cretly be­ing used in Gateshead.

The coun­cil de­nies this and ap­plied for an in­junc­tion to limit what the 57-year-old could even post on­line about 5G.

But Recorder Nolan QC said he re­fused to ‘gag’ him, adding: “The pub­lic have a right to know.”

Out­side the court, protesters – some dressed like World War One sol­diers – used mi­cro­phones to air their 5G con­cerns.

In­side the court, a packed gallery – in­clud­ing a small child – heard claims Steele had ha­rassed an ar­ray of coun­cil staff and coun­cil­lors.

It heard Steele ac­cused one worker of “crimes against hu­man­ity” for their in­volve­ment with the lights.

One was branded a “mur­der­ing c***” while an­other, re­pair­ing a street­light, was called a “baby killer”, the court was told.

“I said do you know [the lights] are ca­pa­ble of killing ba­bies,” Steele re­called in his ev­i­dence on Thurs­day.

He claims that worker, like sev­eral of the al­leged ha­rass­ment vic­tims, “laughed” at him.

And speaking af­ter the New­cas­tle County Court hear­ing, Steele said he’s aware he’s been ridiculed at times for his be­liefs.

These, the court heard, in­clude claims 5G is linked to birds and bees dying across Gateshead.

“I don’t blame any­one for laugh­ing,” he told The Chron­i­cle.

“I’m an ex­pert in this par­tic­u­lar field and I find it un­be­liev­able and I don’t ex­pect any­one not to find it non­sen­si­cal. But this is hap­pen­ing.”

But now Steele has of­fered an olive branch to Gateshead Coun­cil, urg­ing bosses to sit down and dis­cuss the is­sue with him.

The coun­cil has stren­u­ously de­nied se­cretly us­ing 5G – most no­tably in an in­fa­mous vi­ral Face­book post.

And de­spite not be­ing ‘gagged,’ the judge did im­pose three con­di­tions on Steele as part of a wa­tered down twoyear in­junc­tion. The con­di­tions pro­hibit him from break­ing ha­rass­ment laws and limit who he can film.

The in­terim order im­posed in July was much tougher – re­strict­ing what he could post on Face­book. Im­pos­ing the new order, Recorder Nolan warned him: “I’m not go­ing to give you a gag­ging order – I’m just go­ing to ask you to be­have your­self.” Dur­ing the hear­ing, Steel had de­nied the coun­cil’s claim his be­hav­iour had gone over the top. Out­side, he said he had “acted pro­por­tion­ally”. “The chil­dren in my lo­cal­ity are bleed­ing from the nose – they are suf­fer­ing from this tech­nol­ogy,” claimed the Percy Gar­dens in­ven­tor.

In court, he claimed a se­ries of boffins – in­clud­ing some at pres­ti­gious Har­vard Univer­sity – now sup­port his 5G fears.

Gateshead Coun­cil pre­vi­ously dis­missed them as “en­tirely false”.

“We don’t know how these con­spir­acy sto­ries start, but we are happy to re­port that this is ex­actly what these are,” they wrote in a Face­book state­ment in April.

“These tales are com­pletely un­true and you should ig­nore them.

“Please be as­sured that there is no sci­en­tific ba­sis or cred­i­ble ev­i­dence for any of these scare sto­ries about street lights caus­ing can­cer and other ill­nesses.”

Sci­ence or not, Recorder Nolan said Steele had put a “tremen­dous amount of re­search” into the 5G de­bate and that his voice should be al­lowed to be heard.

“It is an area which I can ac­cept there is an area of pub­lic con­cern,” he added. “And the pub­lic have a right to know – this is a free coun­try.”

Gateshead Coun­cil was con­tacted for com­ment.

I’m not go­ing to give you a gag­ging order – I’m just go­ing to ask you to be­have your­self Recorder Nolan QC

Protesters against 5G out­side court

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