internet posting claiming the group was behind the arson attack on
the Hertford College boathouse on July 4 was genuine.
warned that no property owned by the university or its colleges would
be 'off limits' until the controversial laboratory project on South
Parks Road was scrapped.
Work on the £18 million biomedical research laboratory ground to a
halt last July when contractor Montpellier pulled out of the
project after activists threatened shareholders.
An Oxford University spokeswoman said today that work had yet to
recommence but that the university remained committed to the scheme.
The internet message, received anonymously by activists in the UK,
said that an ALF cell travelled to Oxford armed with incendiary
devices containing approximately 11 litres of petrol.
The extremists claim to have broken into the Hertford College
boathouse and left the incendiary devices among the boats before
leaving, padlocking the door and gluing the locks to prevent anyone
getting in before the fire broke out.
The messages said: 'Oxford University's holdings now own the
contract to build the South Parks lab, as far as The ALF are
concerned this means that Oxford University as a whole must accept
The message added that builders and suppliers would also 'get
some', even if their involvement with the project came to light