From Orange Today News:

"Animal activist bomber jailed

An animal rights activist has been jailed for five-and-a-half years for his part in two bombing campaigns.

David Blenkinsop made and placed incendiary devices under lorries belonging to an abattoir and also under the cars of employees of an animal testing laboratory.

Oxford Crown Court heard how the devices were used to inflict terror upon the workers during two separate incidents in May and August 2000.

Blenkinsop, 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.

Blenkinsop is 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.

Police said a total of 10 bombs were strapped under the petrol tanks of the vehicles, most of which had their logos removed because of previous ALF attention.

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 the planting.

A number of the homes targeted and adjoining properties also received extensive damage, with doors and windows melting in the intense heat"