Third letter bomb at DVLA

Mad motorist? Mad, as in angry...

Updated A letter bomb has exploded at the DVLA headquarters in Swansea.

The attack is the third this week, following an explosion at Capita on Monday and another at accountancy firm Vantis on Tuesday. Vantis counts speed camera firm Speed Check Services among its clients.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) maintains the national vehicle database and collects car tax. The latest attack has increased speculation that the attacks are the work of an extremely disgruntled motorist. Previously, letter bombs in the UK have been used by animal rights activists.

A member of staff at the DVLA has been taken to hospital for treatment following the attack this morning. Two were injured in an attack against Vantis on Tuesday, and one woman was injured at Capita on Monday.

A spokesman for the DVLA told the BBC that one woman was injured and was on her way to hospital.

A source at Speed Check Services told the Reg: "Vantis are our accountants and receive our mail but they are not our registered address." He could not confirm that Speed Check Services were the target of yesterday's letter bomb.

Road pricing and speed cameras are increasingly emotive issues. The largest petition on 10 Downing Street's experimental e-petition website is to scrap vehicle tracking and road pricing. It has 730,000 signatories.

Update

This afternoon British Police advised workers to be "vigilant" when handling mail, and to report any suspicious packages. Further advice on handling post safely is posted at the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure here.

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