Feeds

Arsonists target Cornish housing developments

Police probe possible separatist link

Top three mobile application threats

Police suspect Cornish separatists are behind three arson attacks on housing development sites in Truro and Penryn during the last week, the Cornishman reports.

On 29 August, a show home on a Wainhomes estate in Penryn was attacked, followed over the next two days by incidents at a Cornish Homes portable cabin in Malpas and a Persimmon Homes office in Truro. The Penryn fire is believed to have been started by a fire bomb thrown through french windows at the back of the building. The fire got no further than the kitchen and a neighbour extinguished it before emergency services arrived.

The Persimmom Homes attack gutted the company's sales office. Assistant Divisional Officer Dave King, who attended the fire, said: "When we arrived at the scene there was a fireball within the building which we had to extinguish. The fire was well developed."

King added: "The sniffer dog has since found traces of an accelerant like white spirit and the police are now investigating arson."

Truro police Inspector Mark Richards said: "The natural assumption would be to think this was an act by a Cornish nationalist group. While we are linking the three crimes, no such group has claimed responsibility for the fires."

Fire Brigade Divisional Officer Steve Brown warned: "Arson is a very serious and potentially life-threatening offence. By starting fires deliberately you are putting the public and our firefighters in danger. Arson will not be tolerated and our message to the offenders is: you will be caught."

Cornwall has of late witnessed the mobilisation of militant separatist group the Cornwall National Liberation Army (CNLA) - an alliance of An Gof, "a secretive group which claimed responsibility for a series of attacks in the 1980s, notably on St Austell courthouse", and the Cornish Liberation Army.

The CNLA, dubbed the "Ooh-Arrr-A" by the British tabloid press - has threatened celebrity chefs Rick Stein and Jamie Oliver, both of whom have restaurants in Cornwall, and torched a disused Redruth brewery as part of its campaign to drive "incomers" from the county.

The organisation claims to have "substantial funding" from "other Celtic nations as well as the United States" and the technical assistance of "a member of the Free Wales Army who were responsible for the burning of English holiday homes" ®

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

More from The Register

next story
Obama allows NSA to exploit 0-days: report
If the spooks say they need it, they get it
Heartbleed exploit, inoculation, both released
File under 'this is going to hurt you more than it hurts me'
Canadian taxman says hundreds pierced by Heartbleed SSL skewer
900 social insurance numbers nicked, says revenue watchman
German space centre endures cyber attack
Chinese code retrieved but NSA hack not ruled out
Burnt out on patches this month? Oracle's got 104 MORE fixes for you
Mass patch for issues across its software catalog
Reddit users discover iOS malware threat
'Unflod Baby Panda' looks to snatch Apple IDs
Oracle working on at least 13 Heartbleed fixes
Big Red's cloud is safe and Oracle Linux 6 has been patched, but Java has some issues
prev story

Whitepapers

Mainstay ROI - Does application security pay?
In this whitepaper learn how you and your enterprise might benefit from better software security.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.