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Architectural terror group strikes again

Architecture's only known terror organisation, the Historic Buildings Liberation Front (HBLF), has launched another attack.

According to Bedfordshire Police, the group recently targeted three new houses in the village of Langford, near Biggleswade.

Cars parked outside the homes were daubed with paint - a classic tactic of the HBLF - and the local newspaper later received notes from the organisation claiming responsibility for the incident.

The self-styled heritage terrorists have vowed to wage a war against anybody threatening old buildings -in particular those buildings which are facing demolition because of 'the greed of developers and the indifference of planners' (AJ 30.03.06).

In the past, the HBLF has targeted a number of new developments and soon-to-be flattened 'gems' including the offices of the Hitchin Youth Trust in Hertfordshire - which were due to be pulled down - where paint was also thrown over trust members' cars.

Historically active in and around Bedfordshire, the AJ has been informed that the organisation now wants to wage its anti-development war on a national basis.

However, Bedfordshire Police said they believe the HBLF banner is in fact the operating name for a one-man vendetta, and the force hopes forensic information found at the site of the most recent attacks will help to track him down.

by Richard Waite

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