activist bomber jailed
An animal rights
activist has been jailed for five-and-a-half years for his part
in two bombing campaigns.
made and placed incendiary devices under lorries belonging to an
abattoir and also under the cars of employees of an animal testing
Court heard how the devices were used to inflict terror upon the
workers during two separate incidents in May and August 2000.
son of a former Ministry of Agriculture worker, had admitted helping
members of the Animal Liberation Front who targeted Mutchmeats Livestock
Process Plant in Witney, Oxfordshire, and also workers at Huntingdon
Life Sciences, in Cambridgeshire.
currently already serving four-and-a-half years for admitting previous
illegal activities, while campaigning for animal rights.
He was sentenced
in December last year to 18 months in prison for admitting a break-in
at a guinea pig farm in Burton on Trent, Staffordshire, and also
to three years in prison for his part in a baseball bat attack on
the managing director of Huntingdon, Brian Cass.
The court heard
how activists had blown up a lorry parked at the Oxfordshire meat
plant using a home-made bomb, constructed from a firework, a block
of wood and plastic tape.
a total of 10 bombs were strapped under the petrol tanks of the
vehicles, most of which had their logos removed because of previous
All of the attacks
took place during the night and only one witness saw a man placing
the incendiary device under the car - but the court was told it
was not suggested that Blenkinsop himself had taken any part in
A number of
the homes targeted and adjoining properties also received extensive
damage, with doors and windows melting in the intense heat"