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Re-investigation into the planting of incendiary device

News   •   Apr 20, 2016 14:00 BST

The Metropolitan Police Service is carrying out a re-investigation into the planting of an incendiary device in a department store in July 1987.

On Saturday, 11 July 1987 an incendiary device was planted in Debenhams in Harrow, believed to be linked to an anti-fur campaign.

A team is now pursuing a number of lines of enquiry which were identified following a thematic review of the original investigation, by the then Bomb Squad. This will include exploiting potential advances in DNA techniques, new information that has been established by Operation Herne and claims made under parliamentary privilege by an MP in 2012.

Operation Herne is the ongoing, independently overseen, investigation into potential criminal or misconduct offences by members of the now closed Special Demonstration Squad.

The officers carrying out this re-investigation are led by a Senior Investigating Officer from within the Directorate of Professional Standards. 

As with all ongoing investigations we are not prepared to give a running commentary on its progress, nor to identify who may or may not be subject of the investigation. 

The MPS has made the Public Inquiry into undercover policing aware of this re-investigation.