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Sir Ronnie Flanagan, RUC Chief Constable
"I have no doubt whatsoever that this is the work of the so-called Real IRA"
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The BBC's Denis Murray
"Their numbers are small, but the threat they pose is great"
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The BBC's Stephen Cape
"The police still have weeks of painstaking work ahead of them to find the bombers"
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Tuesday, 6 March, 2001, 07:19 GMT
RUC chief warns of further bombs
Police search for clues outside the BBC's Television Centre
The RUC chief constable fears more scenes like this one
The RUC's Chief Constable has said he is convinced the Real IRA was responsible for the bomb attack on BBC Television Centre.

Sir Ronnie Flanagan warned that the Irish dissident republicans would probably stage more attacks on mainland Britain.

His grim prediction came as police continued their hunt for those responsible for Sunday's attack in London's Shepherd's Bush.

Anti-terrorist officers have questioned a motorist over a road rage incident in which he was "cut up" by the driver of a taxi fitting the description of the one said to have carried the bomb.

We believe that they would have the intention to carry out further attacks

Sir Ronnie Flanagan

The RUC chief constable told BBC2's Newsnight that people needed to be vigilant and offer the police whatever help they could.

He said there were likely to be coded warnings for further attacks by republicans on high-profile sites.

"We believe that they would have the intention to carry out further attacks," he said.

"What they want is maximum impact. What they want is to grab the headlines."

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack on the BBC building.

red cab
The red cab driver is believed to have 'cut up' a motorist

Police believe that the driver of the red taxi that carried the bomb was involved in a 'road rage' incident with another motorist.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Alan Fry, of the Metropolitan Police anti-terrorist branch, said the bomber may have been involved in an argument with another driver in Scrubs Lane, White City, before the blast.

Police want to hear from anyone who saw the red taxi, which was bought from a car yard in Edmonton, north London, the day before the attack.

Mr Fry said that the man who sold the taxi, registration number D902 GYH, had described the buyer as 6ft tall, aged about 30, with a Northern Irish accent, and wearing a short jacket and a baseball cap.

UK-wide alert

Major political parties in Northern Ireland are to meet to discuss the future of the peace process - but Downing Street said this is unrelated to the bomb attack.

Police forces across the UK have remained on full alert.

Officers are linking the bombing of the BBC to three previous attacks last year in west London.

These were the bomb left on Hammersmith Bridge, the device found on railway tracks at Acton and the rocket-launched missile attack on the MI6 headquarters in central London .

But they are still investigating whether the incident is linked to an explosion in a street behind the BBC's White City facilities in February in which a 14-year-old army cadet was blinded.

Anyone with information to call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789321.

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