Chris Packham has vowed not to be “buckled up” or “intimidated” after masked men carried out a horrific arson attack on his home.
He described the incident as a “malicious, cowardly act” and promised never to give in to intimidation. – but the recent attack on has questioned the naturalist and broadcaster whether he will be killed for environmental campaigns.
In a video released last night, the BBC Springwatch host, who has received death threats in the past for animal activism, said, “I’m not going to be intimidated, I’m not going to buckle up.
“I cannot and will not let your intimidation dissuade me from my course.” Police are now investigating the attack – which took place in the Hampshire New Forest house that Packham shares with partner Charlotte Corney and stepdaughter Megan McCubbin.
According to the environmentalist, two men wearing balaclavas were arrested on video surveillance as they drove a Land Rover car outside the gates of the house in the early hours of Friday morning.
Then they set the vehicle on fire, which then “exploded” and destroyed two large wooden gates.
He described the incident: “On Thursday evening / Friday morning at 12.30 pm, two men with hoods and masks popped a vehicle right in front of my gate and set it on fire.
“They were fully aware of the video surveillance that was in place and went to great lengths to hide. The car exploded and was dealt with quickly and efficiently by HFR and the police were present.
“As always, they did a fantastic job, but not before they did significant damage to my property.”
Packham – who has historically hung dead animals outside his home – said he was attacked by “internet trolls” who filled his timeline with “slanderous comments, slanderous comments … and my interests.”
Packham said he was frustrated with the lack of action against his trolls compared to English footballers when they were abused online after the Euro 2020 final.
“I wonder about the internet trolls because they can get away with it,” he said.
“Despite effective cooperation with the police, I cannot take action against this form of harassment under current law.
“But it’s hate crime. There’s no doubt about it. It’s a little unfair that the problem can be addressed when black footballers receive unjustified and appalling hate crime, and of course that’s great and I fully support that.
“But when environmentalists like me receive similar hateful floods of relentless abuse, nothing can be done about it. Because in the end it has its price.
“Maybe the cost was my gate burned down causing thousands of pounds in damage. And of course it’s not the first action we’ve seen here. Dead animals are common.
“But now it’s escalated because they’ve started damaging this property and I wonder where it’s going. I mean what happens next? Will they burn down the house, will they beat up my stepdaughter? cut the brake lines on my partner’s car?
“Or are you coming directly because of me? Will they kill me someday? I think that’s a fair question. ”Packham concluded:
“All I can say is whoever you are – you burned down the wrong gates.” Because if you think … that I’ll suddenly become a supporter of the unsustainable or illegal shooting or the unjustified ferocity that foxes are in our landscape, then you are wrong. “
In closing, Packham urged supporters to vote for an upcoming National Trust motion to ban tracing their properties and urged them to write to other significant landowners to do the same.
He posted the video the day he traveled to Buckingham Palace and turned down a petition urging the royal family to “re-poach” their lands.
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