Jasper Carrott has told why he is lending his support to a “helpless” community who are campaigning to have a mobile phone mast removed.
Residents of Kingswinford in Dudley claim 14 people living within a mile of the mast have died of cancer.
Four of the deaths have occurred in a cul-de-sac yards from the site of the mast, which was identified by communications watchdog Ofcom as having the highest radiation level of any surveyed in England this year.
Campaigners in the village claim a further 20 residents have developed tumours in the last seven years, although they have survived.
The mast was erected in 1995 on a disused water tower on the High Acres estate and more antennae and dishes were added in 2001.
Despite its classification by Ofcom, the radiation was still within UK safety guidelines, with recorded levels 5,000 times below the safe exposure limit.
A demonstration at the site was held on Tuesday with about 70 campaigners, including Carrott.
The Birmingham comedian first got involved with campaigning over masts when a 50ft rail telecommunications mast was erected at the end of his Solihull garden in January last year.
Carrott was unable to to anything about it, but he offered support to the residents of Kingswinford because that mast – which serves four mobile phone operators – is far more dangerous to public health.
He said: “Yes, there is no scientific proof that phone masts can cause harm to health, but the cigarette industry is still claiming that cigarettes do not cause cancer, but we know that people are keeling over and dying after smoking for a number of years.
“When I heard about how powerful this mast is, I just had to help these people from Kingswinford, who are helpless.
"The council can do nothing about it. The Government is raking in £20 billion a year in tax from the mobile phone industry, so they are also refusing to act.
“I am very concerned about the damage that these masts can do the health of people, particularly to children and pregnant women.”