UK residents furious after 5G tower which "looks like it came from a sci-fi movie" erected outside their homes

Furious residents have blasted a massive 5G tower which "looks like it came from a sci-fi movie" after it was erected outside their homes in a conservation area.

The 60ft pole - operated by CK Hutchison Networks (UK) Ltd - was put up in Royal Leamington Spa, Warks., despite being rejected by two councils last year.

It has been described as an "absolute eyesore" by residents of the upmarket town.

The mast was erected just yards away from the ancient 'Midland Oak' tree which for centuries has marked the exact centre point of England.

But despite major opposition, the whopping mast appeared without warning overnight on Monday (5/9).

Husband and wife Ray and Sheila Lillie, live yards from the mast which now towers above their home.

Ray, 66, a retired psychiatric nurse, said: “We were appalled by the visual impact of it. We couldn’t believe our eyes.

“We weren’t made aware of it going up.

“We’d seen some concrete bases and some wooden boxes, and we thought they may be new traffic lights, but we were completely unaware of what it was going to turn out to be.

“The least they could do is paint it green to blend in with the trees.

“It would have been nice for location residents to know it was going there and we then we could have had some input into its proximity and visual appearance.”

Sheila, 60, a retired carer, added: “There are four boxes and a tower – it’s overkill.

“The colour doesn’t need to be that dark against the trees and it doesn’t need to be so close to the Midland Oak.

“The Midland Oak is a tree with a big plaque on which reputedly marks the middle of England.

“This is quite an important area, and the tree is protected. To put a 5G mast opposite is an insult.

"It looks like something from a sci-fi movie."