Animal-Liberation Activist Planned Fire-Bomb Spree
Bennetto, Jason, The Independent (London, England)
An Animal Liberation Front activist who planned a nation-wide fire- bombing campaign was found guilty yesterday of conspiring to commit arson.
David Callender, 37, of Waterloo, Merseyside, spent months travelling around the country to compile hit-lists which included information about security and escape routes, Birmingham Crown Court heard. Police said he could have caused millions of pounds of damage. He was foiled after a shopworker became suspicious when he placed a large order for kitchen timers.
Police believe his conviction is a serious blow against the extremist ALF and think he may have been involved in a number of attacks in 1991.
After Callender's arrest, police found at a house in Birmingham enough devices to plant 100 fire bombs and a list of potential targets, including an agricultural college in Humberside, food manufacturers, horse breeders, egg-production companies, foxhound associations, slaughter houses and the Milk Marketing Board.
The police also found plans referring to reconnaissance visits. They believe a bombing campaign was imminent.
The court heard that Callender, who was unemployed and had previous convictions for activities relating to the ALF dating back to 1984, left his girlfriend's house in Merseyside in May 1994 and began living at the house in Sparkhill, Birmingham. …