Harpoon attack terror

Bomb disposal officers at the scene of in Thornton
Bomb disposal officers at the scene of in Thornton
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A TERRIFYING bomb alert was sparked after an office worker’s car was attacked by a missile.

Army disposal experts were drafted in as part of Red Marsh Industrial Estate in Thornton was sealed off following the shocking attack.

A harpoon-propelled explosive was fired at a worker’s Ford Ka ripping a large hole in its bodywork.

The Gazette understands the projectile is similar to ones used by the Royal Navy on operations to board ships.

Stunned owner of the car, Amanda Beaver, 19, from Fleetwood, said: “It’s a massive shock – I’ve no idea where it has come from or why it was fired at my car. I can still drive, but there is nothing I can do to find out what has happened.

Miss Beaver’s friend Danni Lea, 25, discovered the damage to the car, which was parked outside advertising firm DSM Media on Holly Road when it came under fire.

She added: “It’s bizarre and I was thinking what would have happened if it went straight through the car.

“If someone was walking past it could have killed them or taken their leg off.”

Members of the Royal Logistics Corps, from 11 Explosive Ordnance Device Regiment, based in Chester, inspected the car after the device was found at 9.30am yesterday.

A crowd of workers looked on as the disposal team made sure the device was safe.

The casing of harpoon was found close to the car. Writing on it advised any member of the public who found it to call the police immediately.

It is thought the device had been purchased off the internet by a member of the public.

A member of the bomb disposal team told The Gazette: “It has been fired, but we don’t know by who. There’s no reason to why this car has been chosen.

“These things are used to propel a four metre length of rope up to 250 metres.

“It goes pretty fast and because it’s metal on metal it has caused quite a lot of damage. People can get them off the internet.”

Denise Harrison, from Brunches cafe, which is next door to DSM Media, said she feared for her safety after hearing about the attack.

She said: “I think it’s mystery.

“As soon as I heard I was thinking we should evacuate especially when the Army and the bomb disposal team turned up.

“I don’t think it’s targeted, but it’s fortunate someone wasn’t situated near the car at the time.

“It would have been fatal if it had hit somebody.”

Scott Dapper, from Fylde Auto Valets, based on the estate, said: “It’s the strangest thing I have ever seen round here.

“There is never usually any police activity so it has shocked me quite a bit.”

A spokeswoman for Lancashire Police said: “We were called to Holly Road, Thornton to assist in the incident. The incident has been classed as criminal damage and we have started an investigation.”