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Oxford University Arson

Animal rights activists have claimed responsibility for an arson attack on an Oxford University sports pavilion.

Fifteen firefighters were called to The Queens College pavilion, off Abingdon Road, at 9.45pm last Saturday.
An animal rights cell has now claimed it carried out the attack in protest against the construction of the new �18m animal testing laboratory in South Parks Road, and has threatened that attacks on university properties will "escalate".

An anonymous posting on the Animal Liberation Front's Bite Back website said: "ALF volunteers gained access to the roof of the building and, after removing a section of roof tiling, placed an incendiary device containing 12 litres of fuel inside.

"Attacks will escalate in the face of an institution and government which have sought to destroy legal protest and continue to sanction violence to animals."

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