BBC Springwatch: Arson attack on Chris Packham’s home leaves him feari…

Chris Packham suffered a terrifying arson attack as masked men came and set fire to his home causing “extensive damage.”

The television presenter, who has been unprotected to death threats before for his animal activism, now fears for his life as he questions his safety.

However, he hasn’t let the attack shake him from his environmental campaigning, reports WalesOnline.

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In a video released last night, the BBC Springwatch presenter said: “I will not be cowed, I will not buckle.

“I cannot and will not let your intimidation sway me from my course.”

Police are now investigating the attack, which took place at the home in Hampshire’s New Forest that Packham shares with partner Charlotte Corney and step-daughter Megan McCubbin.

According to the environmentalist, two balaclava-clad men were captured on CCTV driving a Land Rover car up to the gates of the house in the early hours of Friday morning.

They then set the means on fire, which then ‘exploded’, destroying two large wooden gates.

Chris Packham

Describing the incident, he said: “So on Thursday night/Friday morning, 12.30am, two hooded and masked men dove a means right up to my gate and set it on fire.

“They were fully aware of the CCTV that was in place they took great pains to hide themselves. The car exploded and was rapidly and efficiently dealt with by HFR [Hampshire Fire Service] and the police were in attendance.

“As ever they did a fantastic job but not before it had caused extensive damage to my character.”

Packham – who in the past has had dead animals strung up at the gates of his home – said he had been targeted by “internet trolls” who fill his timeline with “defamatory comments, libellous comments… lots of hate calculated to damage myself and my interests.”

The means set alight by arsonists outside Chris Packham’s home

Packham said he was frustrated at the without of action taken against his trolls, compared to England footballers when they were abused online following the Euro 2020 final.

“I surprise about the internet trolls because they get away with it,” he said.

“Despite working effectively with the police, the law as it stands method I am unable to take any action against this form of harassment.

“But it is a hate crime. There’s no ambiguity about that. It’s a little unfair that when black footballers receive unwarranted and appalling hate crime the issue can be dealt with and that’s great of course and I sustain that fully.

“But when environmentalists like myself receive similarly hateful torrents of relentless abuse nothing can be done about it. Because ultimately it comes at a cost.

“Perhaps the cost was having my gate burnt down causing thousands of pounds worth of damage. And of course, it’s not the first action that we have seen here. Dead animals are a frequent occurrence.

“But now it’s escalated because they’ve taken to damaging that character and I surprise where it’s going. I average what happens next? Do they going to burn the house down, are they going to beat up my step-daughter? Are they going to cut the brake lines on my partner’s car?

“Or do they come for me directly? Are they going to kill me at some point? I think it’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’m suddenly going to become a supporter of unsustainable or illegal shooting, or the unwarranted savagery wrought upon foxes in our countryside, then you’re wrong.”

Packham finished by calling on his supporters to vote in favour of an upcoming National Trust motion to ban trail hunting on their similarities and urged them to write to other meaningful landowners to do the same.

He posted the video on the day he had travelled to Buckingham Palace resented a appeal calling for the Royal Family to ‘re-wild’ their estates.

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