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Combine fire leads farmer to call for improved phone signal

A farmer caught in a combine fire in Essex has made a plea for better mobile phone signal


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Mr Nott said mobile phone signal is a necessity when working alone for long periods of time
Mr Nott said mobile phone signal is a necessity when working alone for long periods of time

An Essex farmer is calling for better mobile phone network after he narrowly survived serious injury when his combine set alight.

 

Chris Nott from Pebmarsh was in the middle of a field when dust in his combine caught fire.

 

Had Mr Nott failed to be informed of the fire, the fire could have destroyed the field and caused serious injury to Mr Nott himself.

 

Mr Nott’s daughter’s boyfriend had been trying to call him to warn him of the fire on the vehicle, but after numerous failed attempts of connecting the call, he ran down the field after Mr Nott, waving his arms and shouting fire.

 

Mr Nott explained how when being on your own for long periods of time, phone signal is a necessity.

 

A spokesman for Ofcom told the BBC: "In February, we varied the licences of the UK’s four mobile network operators to improve coverage across the country.

 

"This followed an agreement reached between the Government and EE, O2, Three and Vodafone in December 2014, committing them to provide voice coverage across 90 per cent of the UK by the end of 2017."

 

#ClubNoNetwork

 

Earlier in the year, a group of farmers took to Twitter to discuss the terrible mobile network coverage in their rural areas, using the handle #ClubNoNetwork.

 

Founded by agriculture social media advocate and #ClubHectare founder, Jono Dixon, the campaign has continued to pick up speed, directly tweeting network providers to bring the issue to their attention.

 

 


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