Today. 17 June 2003
liberation group denies planting 'bomb'
rights activists have denied they were behind the planting of
a hoax bomb outside a company in Northampton.
parcel, which was left in a box and wrapped up in a black dustbin
bag outside Act Tech UK Ltd, on the Round Spinney estate, had
a white label on the top saying 'a gift from the Animal Liberation
which manufactures automotive glass, has been the focus of a number
of protests by the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) recently.
In May protesters
from Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (Shac) gathered outside the
firm because its Japanese parent company, Asahi Glass, is a customer
of Huntingdon Life Sciences.
sales and finance director of the company, said: "We have
been affected on a number of occasions by the animal rights groups
because of our connections with Asahi Glass." He declined
to comment further but said more than half a day's production
had been lost because of the incident.
for the ALF, calling himself Richie, told the Chronicle and Echo:
"I know there is an ongoing campaign by Shac against Act
Tech and the parent company, Asahi Glass, who are customers of
Huntingdon Life Sciences. "They say they haven't been customers
for years, but if that is true all they have to do is issue a
statement saying that and I am sure they will no longer be targeted."
company directors living in the Northampton area had been targeted
by groups in the past.
100 employees from Act Tech and other buildings in Edgemead Close
were evacuated and roads sealed off for three hours while experts
from the Royal Air Force Bomb Disposal Unit, dressed in white
protective uniforms, blew up the package.
of crimes officers carried out an extensive search of the building
after the package was safely destroyed at around 11am.
It later emerged
the package had not contained a bomb or explosives. The site remained
sealed off but roads around Edgemead Close were re-opened at 11.30am.