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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 12:03 pm    Post subject: UK Parcel Bombs Reply with quote

What? No mention of this yet?

The third letter-bomb in 3 days has just gone off in the UK.

What are the thoughts of our UK Watchers? What are the police saying? What's behind this? Interesting targets though. All to do with vehicles/traffic/etc. Some disgruntled driver?

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London - A woman was injured on Wednesday when a parcel bomb exploded at Britain's national driving licence authority offices in south Wales, police said, the third such blast in three days.

The new explosion occurred at the driver and vehicle licensing agency (DVLA) in Swansea, said South Wales police.

The incident came after a suspect package exploded on Tuesday in Wokingham, west of London, at the offices of a company dealing with speeding fines, and a blast on Monday in London, at a firm dealing with the London congestion charge.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is reminiscent of the Anthrax letter-sender we had over here almost 8 years ago (at large), to say nothing of the unibomber (Ted K).

Is there any discernable pattern to the victims?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Poms! They've had i comming Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Someone must really hate speed cameras.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laughing No-one gives a crap!

Well, that's not entirely true but there's no particuular feeling of alarm from where I'm standing. If there is a fuss, it's all about the government's cash-for-honoursgate coverup at the moment, also when Blair's gonna leave, whether Gordon's gonna replace him, the cost of the 2012 Olympics, house prices... Rolling Eyes

Maybe we should be more concerned but letterbombs are a favourite of all sorts of 'Asbo' (Anti-Social Behaviour Order) delinquents in rough areas all over the country. There is definitely a slightly blase attitude towards this though, IMO.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you should panic. That's the only sensible thing to do!
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 10:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I surely would, but The Hitch-Hiker's Guide keeps reassuring me (with its warm, friendly letters on the cover) not to. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And that's where we should learn. But not from the movie though. That sucks cyano bacteria blooms! Big time!

Edit: And those letters are NOT in a friendly font. It's the capitalist namco font if you look closely. Compare to Pacman if you must.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A-greed! Although I did like that bit where the Infinite Improbability Drive turned everyone into knitted dolls that vomited wool... Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 10:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So did I. That was just before I fell asleep. Hysterical

Edit: why must "I" be capitalised in english? seems out of touch with the real world doesn't it?

In Danish it makes a little bit of sense since "I" (capital) means "you" (plural) and "i" (lowe case) means "in" (preposition).
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 10:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it's an ego thing. I'm surprised we don't do the same to the words Me, Mine etc. It helps us to remember that there is nothing more important then our Self! Wink

but then again i'm way up me own arse
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2007 11:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Is there any discernable pattern to the victims?

DVLA, speeding fines, congestion charges. Two in London, one at the national offices. Hard to say it's coincidence, I think.
To why it's not been mentioned yet: I watched the news today and yesterday, but this thread is the first I've heard about it.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 5:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You serious? 3 letter-bombs and you knew nothing? (Still, the UK is used to this sort of thing from the IRA and stuff. Bomb attacks are nothing new to Englishmen.)

The choice of targets though suggests what Ur-Monkey said about anti-social behaviour though. And maybe Warmark is closer to the truth than we realise. Wink

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 6:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey, what do you know: (I swear this was pure coincidence.)

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London - An exploding parcel bomb injured three women at Britain's driver and vehicle licensing agency on Wednesday, the strongest indication yet that a spate of letter bombs may be motivated by an extreme case of road rage.

It was the third attack in as many days on offices that have some connection to motoring.

Six people were injured in those incidents, but police disclosed that there have been more attacks and more injuries in the past three weeks.

Britain has seen letter-bombing campaigns by the Irish Republican Army and animal rights extremists, and vehicle-related vandalism including explosive attacks on speed cameras have been reported.

But even Motorists Against Detection, an underground group that claims to have destroyed a thousand speed cameras, said it was appalled by the letter bombs.

"I completely condemn it," said a man who identified himself only as the group's director.

"It's like apples and oranges, isn't it? One is a metal object, another is a living entity."

The association of chief police officers said that seven such devices had been mailed in the past three weeks, causing minor injuries to eight people.

It did not say whether it believed all the devices were part of a single campaign.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

After 3 weeks and 7 seperate incidents all targeting those who work in the motoring fines industry, police are beginning to suspect the attacks may be linked.
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Sorry mate we're English and therefore not allowed to...when all around you are losing their heads.... Wink
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UK letter bomber 'a woman'?

London - British police believe the person responsible for a string of letter bombs earlier this month is a woman, the Daily Mirror tabloid reported on Monday.

Citing unnamed police sources, the Mirror said police had analysed a series of labels used to address four of the seven devices, which had revealed that the handwriting was that of a woman.

"Analysis of the handwriting on some of the bomb packaging leads us to believe it's the work of a woman," an unidentified senior police source was quoted as saying by the tabloid.

"We have a number of suspects in mind and are expecting to make arrests this week."

The spate of letter bombings injured eight people over a three-week period ending about two weeks ago.

Six of the seven companies targeted in the bombings provide services or technology to law enforcement agencies.

Media speculation about the identity of the bomber has focused on a disgruntled motorist or animal rights extremists.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 20, 2007 5:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And now they've arrested a man...

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London - British police arrested a suspect on Monday in connection with a series of letter bomb attacks which injured eight people over a three-week period.

The man in his 20s was arrested in Cambridge at around 03:00 in what police described as a "very significant" development.

Police were set to spend several days scouring the house where he was detained, and have also searched a nearby primary school where he worked as a caretaker.

But assistant chief constable Anton Setchell, leading the investigation, stressed that members of the public should still be cautious when handling suspicious packages.

"At this stage I am not able to guarantee that there is not another postal package containing an explosive device within the postal system," he told reporters.

The seven attacks date back to January and often targeted motoring-related organisations.


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