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Abingdon explosion

Posted: 18/01/2007 18:47:26

Animal rights extremism 'priority line of enquiry' in device case - Abingdon

Detectives investigating an incident in Abingdon this morning believe there is a strong possibility that a device received by a company in Blacklands Way was sent by animal rights extremists.

Police were called after a woman was injured when, as she opened the post, the device ignited.

A police spokesman said: “The device has been sent for forensic examination but a reference to a well known animal rights extremist, Barry Horne, on the back of the envelope, leads officers to make this a priority line of enquiry.

“Horne died in 2001 after becoming ill as a result of a hunger strike. Serious offences have been committed and claimed in his name in the past.”

It also emerged this afternoon that a second company, in Culham, had contacted Thames Valley Police after they too received a suspect package in the mail. In this instance the device was not activated and no one was hurt. The two incidents are being linked.

Police are warning companies and individuals to be vigilant when dealing with incoming mail. If you receive a suspect package, do not handle it any further and contact the police immediately.

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