Mast Sanity are calling for an immediate public inquiry after the
death of Neil Dring a young (38) extremely healthy police officer in
Leicestershire and the identical rare cancer of one of his colleagues.
In the last 2 years over 300 police officers were reported as
suffering numerous symptoms in Lancashire and Yorkshire. More
complaints have been raised within the Crime Investigation Unit in
Lancashire after throat tumours had occurred as well as numerous
other minor but significant ailments.
Neils brother Dr. Ian Dring who is a scientist himself said,
Neils death has been a tremendous shock. He had a
young family, had a good job, was fit and healthy, was a keen
sportsman and was respected and loved by those who knew him. Neil
died of cancer of the oesophagus, which is extremely rare for his age
group (below 40). He was very fit and healthy and had none of
the preconditions for this illness. He was convinced that Tetra had
caused his illness, this was because of severe headaches whilst using
the system and that the site of his tumour was directly adjacent to
where he mounted the Tetra handset on his chest. There is a colleague
of Neils, also in the Leicestershire constabulary of a similar
age and equally as healthy who has been diagnosed with the same
condition. The chances of these illnesses occurring without a link
between them are impossibly low. They were both subjected to Tetra
radiation on a daily basis, either from handsets or transmission
masts. In view of the fact that cancers such as these have been
predicted an urgent investigation should be carried out. It has been
a very traumatic time for my family and my thoughts are with the
other officer and his family
The independent physicist Barrie Trower who was commissioned by the
Police Federation to produce a report on TETRA in 2001 and predicted
in his report the occurrence of these illnesses, said, It is a
sad day when yet more of my predictions are proved correct. I
expect more instances of serious illness to hit many more of our
police officers before the authorities admit their mistake and close
this dangerous system down.
Member of Mast Sanity and GP Dr. Chris Nunn said, This type of
cancer is uncommon in young men without risk factors, and
concerns that the emissions from TETRA may increase risk of local cancer
have been expressed by experts in this field for some time.
Surely Airwave must accept that the responsibility now lies with
them to provide evidence that their system is not associated
with increased risk of tumours before exposing more officers to these emissions.
Director of Mast Sanity Lisa Oldham said, The lives of our
police officers are being sacrificed because of the use of a
communication system that is clearly not safe, all for the sake of
money and political arrogance, the withdrawal of the system is being
denied for no other reason than saving political face. We are
calling for an immediate Public Inquiry into the TETRA system as a whole.
Not just looking at the appalling risks our police officers are
forced to take but also the countless number of civilians who are
suffering ill health as a result of masts close to their homes.