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5G: York anti-vaccine protester jailed over phone mast plot

by Olufemi Awoyinka
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An anti-vaccine conspiracy theorist has been sentenced to 12 months in prison for plotting to destroy 5G masts.

Christine Grayson, 60, joined an online chat group in 2021 after “becoming obsessed” with the belief they were linked to the Covid-19 vaccine.

Leeds Crown Court heard she was a grandmother “of previously good character” who will be released after spending nine months on remand.

Her co-defendant Darren Reynolds, 60, was also jailed for terror offences.

Reynolds, of Newbould Crescent, Sheffield, had been cleared of conspiracy to commit criminal damage in relation to 5G masts, but found guilty of terrorism offences.

He was jailed for 12 years, with an additional year on licence, after being found guilty of offences linked to his “extreme right wing, antisemitic and racist views”.

Grayson, of Boothwood Road, York, had met Reynolds on the social media platform Telegram.

The court heard both defendants were strongly opposed to the roll-out of the 5G network – but Grayson had discussed “getting rid” of the mobile phone masts with expanding foam and angle grinders.

She was found guilty of conspiracy to commit criminal damage, while Reynolds was cleared of that charge.

He was found guilty of eight terrorist offences.

The court heard Reynolds discussed armed uprisings and advocated violence towards people he called “traitors”.

His comments included describing Parliament as “a nest of Jews, foreigners and collaborators” and repeatedly calling for MPs to be hanged.

His defence claimed his actions were no more than “free speech gone completely wrong and the line crossed”.

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