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A mobile phone targeted specifically at young children has been withdrawn from sale in the UK over safety fears.

Communic8 Ltd, the Kent distributor for the MYMO phone, pulled the product today following concerns contained in an official report headed by the Government's radiation experts warning about the dangers faced by young children who use cellphones.

The MYMO phone was marketed as easy to use for young children and contained five pre-selected numbers that kids could call in an emergency.

Following the publication of yesterday's report by the National Radiological Protection Board (NRPD), Communic8 said: "The decision to withdraw the product is taken in light of this new evidence, suggesting that long term exposure can damage health, especially in the underdeveloped skull tissue of very young children.

"Although we feel the product if used as recommended with parental guidance is safe, we are not experts in either the radiation or medical fields that [the NRPD] team are. It would be foolish, ignorant even if we were to simply ignore these findings as we are sure the major manufacturers will find all too easy to do.

"Simple common sense has convinced us, that even the remotest possibility of our product becoming health risk to any child is unacceptable.

"We sincerely hope the networks and manufacturers deliberately targeting young children will follow the lead of a small independent company. We apologise to our customers for the inconvenience, and thank them very much for their support for a product we had hoped would make children safer." ®

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