Mentalist or letter bomber?Breaking News
Letter Bomb Caller Held
Updated: 14:37, Friday February 09, 2007
A man who claimed responsibility for the Wokingham letter bomb by calling a radio phone-in has been arrested, police said.
The 48-year-old has been detained under the Mental Health Act and forensic teams are searching two residential properties, in Bracknell and in Wokingham, both in Berkshire.
It comes as officers released a photograph of one of the letter bombs that exploded recently.
They said the device caused minor injuries to the person who opened the package.
Police have also shown reporters a picture of a device that was intercepted and did not go off.
Meanwhile, detectives have revealed at least two of the seven linked letter bombs posted in the last few weeks contained the names of animal rights activists.
The name of a second campaigner was scrawled on the back of one of the Jiffy bag-style envelopes sent to forensic science laboratories last month.
It was already known that one of those three devices featured the name of prominent animal rights extremist Barry Horne.
Horne died in 2001 while serving an 18-year jail sentence for a firebombing campaign.
Another activist, who is alive, was named on the back of a different package, Thames Valley Police confirmed.
They were all posted on January 18 to forensic laboratories in the Oxfordshire and West Midlands area.