Mobile phone masts in two UK cities have been torched over “baseless” claims that coronavirus is linked to 5G.


Engineers working on the new generation of wireless communication technology were also said to be abused.


Several videos have been put out on social media claiming to show 5G masts being set alight. They were posted on Facebook to encourage others to do the same.


As such, mobile network providers in the UK have warned against the false theory.


Masts were set on fire in Sparkhill, in Birmingham before it also happened in Melling, in Merseyside.


Mobile UK, the nation’s trade body which represents the network providers, said that the rumours and false claims were “concern”.


They said: “More worryingly is the fact that some people are abusing our key workers and making threats to damage infrastructure under the pretence of claims about 5G.