Sunday, November 8, 1998 Published at 14:29 GMT
Activists blamed for meat market attack
Animal rights activists have been blamed for an arson attack on a meat market.
Four refrigerated lorries were badly damaged in the attack in Brighton, East Sussex, and a number of gas cylinders exploded. Twenty firefighters dealt with the blaze, but no-one was hurt.
A spokesman for the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) said members of the organisation were "almost-certainly" responsible.
He said the attack could mark the start of an increase in activity by animal rights activists.
The spokesman said: "ALF members are almost certainly behind this attack.
The attacks are thought to be linked to a campaign to persuade the government to end vivisection.
The campaign is being led by Barry Horne, from, Northampton, who is serving an 18-year jail sentence for an attack on Boots chemists in the Isle of Wight four years ago.
Horne says Prime Minister Tony Blair has gone back on promises to review government policy on vivisection.
He has staged a series of hunger strikes to put pressure on ministers.
In recent weeks there has also been vandalism at a number of farms and a sit-in at a firm that makes veterinary drugs.