Wildlife campaigner Chris Packham defies arsonists who set fire to his home’s gates

Wildlife campaigner Chris Packham has revealed two masked men set fire to the gates at his New Forest home.

The BBC presenter said the men drove up to the gates and set them on fire – causing “extensive damage”.

He questioned whether they were from a conservation group or “toxic Internet trolls”.

In a vide posted to Twitter Mr Packham said this was not the first incident of harassment he had faced.

He added: “It isn’t normal to come home and find dead animals thrown in front of your property.

“Now it’s escalated because they’ve taken to damaging that property and I wonder where it’s going.

“What happens next?

“Do they burn the house down?

“Do they beat up my stepdaughter?

“Do they 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?”

Despite the attacks Mr Packham said they would not deter his activities against “illegal shooting” and trail hunting.

He said: “If you think that by burning down those gates that I’m suddenly going to become a supporter… then you’re wrong.

“I will just carry on because I have no choice.

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


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Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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