Angry drivers hijack Tom Conti's website
EXTREMIST motorists have used Hampstead actor Tom Conti's parking website to support the letter bombing of transport companies. Members of the London Motorist Action Group's (Lmag) campaign have posted comments defending the attacks. Several
EXTREMIST motorists have used Hampstead actor Tom Conti's parking website to support the letter bombing of transport companies.
Members of the London Motorist Action Group's (Lmag) campaign have posted comments defending the attacks.
Several offices were hit by the bombs last week including Capita, which runs the congestion charge, the DVLA and Vantis - an accountancy firm linked to speed check services.
A member with the username lpgjag wrote: "Terrorism is the use of arms to instil fear in the civilian population in pursuit of a political end: sending a couple of squibs to enforcement agencies and their accountants does not remotely qualify.
"I suspect that many motorists are quietly applauding whoever has taken this action in the same way that attacks on roadside cameras are put on the web for our enjoyment."
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He later added in response to criticism of his remarks: "I do know quite a bit about bombs, booby traps and improvised devices...I repeat, the squibs that were opened this week were designed to do no more than frighten and gain publicity which they have done very effectively."
Another user called Hisbandkhan wrote: "When the public cries out, nobody wants to know, but as soon as a government department is hit they start crying."
But Mr Conti, who helped form Lmag in anger at strict parking policies across the capital, criticised the messages.
He said: "This is appalling and I don't agree with them at all. I don't support blowing up speed cameras or anything which causes collateral damage.
"The guys who started Lmag with me are against any such actions. Sometimes I think the whole web is full of lunatics."
After being alerted to the statements by the Ham&High, Lmag removed the messages from the site and vowed to introduce better rules controlling the comments.
Lmag board member Simon Aldridge said: "I have removed the whole thread, but kept a copy of it for our records.
"I am going to send the members a note that if they want to use the forum they can't use it to condone criminality. We work like any organised political campaign - through lawful means.
"This has nothing to do with what we are trying to do. There is no justification for this kind of thing. This is injuring people's health and lives - people who are innocent just doing their jobs."
A 48-year-old man who was arrested in connection with the seven attacks after confessing on a radio show has been eliminated from police inquiries and detained under the mental health act.