Anarchists claim responsibility for arson attack on vehicles at Bristol Royal Marines base

ANARCHISTS have claimed responsibility for a targeted arson attack that destroyed three vehicles at a marine base in Bristol.

Police have confirmed that at 3.40am on Tuesday someone went to the Royal Marine Force Voluntary Reserve Base in Litfield Place, Clifton Down and set fire to three vehicles, which were all significantly damaged during the fire.

Spokesman Craig Evry said: “An arson investigation has begun and the scene was cordoned off for much of the day while we conducted a forensic examination.

“Our enquiries are continuing today and this includes completing house-to-house enquiries.

“Through CCTV enquiries we know a person was running from the area at the time of the attack.

“We would like to speak to anyone who saw this person, knows where they went or who they are.”

A statement posted online by a group calling itself the Informal Anarchist Federation has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The statement claimed: “This morning smoke rose above Clifton from the two vans and one large white personnel transporter we’d torched with low-tech firestarters after breaching the compound of the Royal Marine Reserve’s Bristol detachment, who’ve been deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

The group’s message called for further attacks against military targets and railed against the Army’s recruitment tactics.

Anyone with information should contact Avon and Somerset Police on 101 and quote 14378/14. Alternatively, you can phone the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. They never ask your name or trace your call.

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