by Sunita Patel-Carstairs / The Telegraph
Radicals from two groups – the Angry Foxes Cell and the ACAB (All Coppers Are Bastards) – said they started the fire to coincide with the start of the cull.
They claim they poured accelerants on electrics at the half-built centre on Monday night and “left it with flames licking high”.
Their strike was part of a “night of action” against the authorities, which included attacking two vehicles used by prison security services.
Firefighters on Wednesday were still battling to extinguish the blaze at the Black Rock Quarry centre in Portishead, near Bristol, 36 hours after it was started.
The statement by the ‘Angry Foxes Cell in collaboration with ACAB’ said: “It put smiles on our faces to realise how easy it was to enter their gun club and leave a f*** you signature right in the belly of the beast, with a curious fox as our only witness.
“After climbing into the quarry we used accelerant to burn the major electrical cables at five junction points throughout the complex, and dowsed and lighted a pallet of electrical fittings and wires.”
They also claimed they poured paint stripper over G4S and Amey vans in St George, Bristol, before slashing the tyres of the vehicles used to transport prisoners.
The message posted on Bristol-based website Bristolindymedia said the attack coincided with the planned badger cull in Somerset and Gloucestershire. Around 5,000 badgers are expected to be killed in controlled shootings to tackle bovine TB.
“The night of our action coincides with the announced start of the planned cull of wild badgers in the South West of England,” said the statement.
“Through attempting to facilitate the cull and stop resistance the police shore up the interests of agricultural industry and the land owning classes. We hope this will be one of many rebellions against this slaughter.”
The rebels cited “tensions across the world” as the reason for their attack against combat police and the security industry who “specialise in making us feel powerless in our own lives”.
The blaze was spotted by a passing police officer at 4.30am on Tuesday.
Firefighters from two forces pumped water from a nearby lake in an attempt to extinguish the flames from the blaze which could be seen up to 12 miles away.
The Black Rock Quarry centre would be used to train police from Avon and Somerset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.
A spokewoman for Avon Fire and Rescue said they were “keeping an open mind” about the cause of the fire, but could not investigate until it was extinguished.
“There are still a number of pockets of fire which are being tackled by firefighters and it is expected that crews will remain on the scene for much of today,” she added.
A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police said: “We’re aware that someone has claimed responsibility for the fire at Black Rock Quarry yesterday but we’re keeping an open mind until a full investigation has been carried out by fire service investigators and our own police and forensics investigation team.”
for a closer look at the connections between environmental destruction and the police see our recent article, The Ecology of a Police State