IRA? No, it's the Ooh-Arrr-A
By JOHN COLES
JUNE 22, 2007
BARMY extremists from the badlands of Cornwall have launched their “terror” campaign — by setting fire to an empty building.
The Cornwall National Liberation Army then APOLOGISED for the inconvenience.
Six fire crews raced to a derelict brewery in Redruth at 3am after a series of blazes broke out inside.
The CNLA later sent an email to their local paper, the Cornish Guardian, admitting: “We claim responsibility for the fire which was caused while we were trying out various types of incendiary devices.
“We apologise for the inconvenience caused to our public services but we needed to test our devices in an urban environment.”
A Fire Brigade spokeswoman said: “We dealt with it as we would any fire.
“It’s now a police matter.”
The blaze, which gutted the two-storey building, was the group’s first action since issuing a “directive” last week threatening to firebomb Cornish restaurants owned by celebrity chefs Rick Stein and Jamie Oliver.
The “Cornish Nasties”, who want an independent Cornwall, are also threatening to target “outsiders” who own second homes in the county and “intruders” who fly the English flag.
The 4½-acre brewery site has been the scene of two other fires this year, and the CNLA said in its email: “We admit responsibility for the recent fires at the old deserted brewery premises and apologise for the inconvenience caused to the emergency services on this occasion.”
Police said they were aware of the email, but declined to comment further.