Police arrest man in Dover in connection with bomb attack that many are calling ‘fake news’

An image from a Twitter user of an alleged device on the train at Parsons Green tube [Image: @RRigs].

“Attack my arse. Mobile battery went pop.”

“No scorch marks then? Handbag must be very strong to survive a blast that injured so many.”

“Lidl bags are bomb proof wow who knew?”

“That “bomb” doesn’t seem real. Where is the burn damage to the surroundings. How come journalists ‘just happened’ to be there? This doesn’t feel right.”

“Smokescreen.

“I think this bomb was nothing more than a firework that went off a little more vigorously than intended.”

The above are just some of the responses to This Site’s article on the alleged terror attack at Parsons Green tube station.

Fortunately, the police are taking the matter a little more seriously than the clowns mentioned above and have arrested an 18-year-old man in the port area of Dover this morning (September 16).

You can draw your own conclusions about why he was found there.

Here’s part of a statement issued by the Metropolitan Police:

“The 18-year-old man was arrested by Kent Police in the port area of Dover this morning, Saturday, 16 September, under section 41 of the Terrorism Act.

“The man remains in custody at a local police station. He will be transferred to a south London police station in due course.

“Detectives from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command are continuing to urge anyone with information about the terrorist attack to contact police.

“Thirty people are known to have been injured during the attack in which an improvised explosive device was detonated on a tube train at Parsons Green Underground Station at around 08:20hrs on Friday, 15 September.

“So far, detectives have spoken to 45 witnesses and continue to receive information from the public to the confidential anti-terrorist hotline.

“The public has sent 77 images and videos to investigators via the UK Police Image Appeal website. Anyone with footage or images from the incident is urged to upload them at www.ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk where they will be looked at by investigators.

“Anyone with information is urged to call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 or, in an emergency, always call 999.”

This Writer would urge anybody with information, who has not yet come forward, to do so via the avenues listed in the statement. Clowns need not bother.


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11 thoughts on “Police arrest man in Dover in connection with bomb attack that many are calling ‘fake news’

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      I think not.
      You can find some of them easily enough on the Facebook page but I don’t think any good would be done by giving them further publicity here.

    2. Gen William Taggart

      I am one of the original commentators. My friends wife was in carriage next to the one with the device (pretty shaken but not harmed).

      I described this as a flashbang device, designed to cause panic also injury as the result of the following stampede.

      To be honest, given that fear is the terrorists weapon of choice, I am surprised that flashbangs are not used more often.

  1. wildswimmerpete

    “Attack my arse. Mobile battery went pop.” Can and does happen but with the size a of typical mobile battery the resulting conflagration could only set on fire the the user’s pocket or e.g under a pillow should the battery be charged without ventilation and the battery can’t get rid of the resultant heat. Laptop batteries are larger and contain even more energy and often lead to blazes that can actually burn down houses.

    The problem with lithium batteries is the very high energy density. Short-circuiting will lead to very high discharge currents. Deforming, puncturing, or abuse by overcharging can result in an internal short-circuit which will conflagrate or even explode. I ride an e-bike and always bear in mind that I’ve got a potential incendiary bomb under my backside. Lithium traction batteries not only hold a lot of power, they aren’t adverse to going up in flames, especially if fully charged.

    Looking at that situation I’d initially believe a largish lithium battery in the passenger’s baggage somehow was short-circuited by a metal object (often keys) which caused the battery to burst into flame. However what resulted in the white bucket having all that soot etc. inside? Why was a supposedly sealed plastic bucket allowed on public transport? My two local bus companies won’t allow anything in sealed buckets on board as spilled paint can cause serious problems cleaning up while other products often sold in buckets could be inflammable.

    However seeing the police now have a suspect in custody I suspect that plastic bucket contained chemicals. I think I know what could have been in that bucket but I’m not going to reveal my thoughts in public as to do so could give someone ideas. Can’t see any comments as to whether a battery was found used to detonate the device but Mike knows what I’m talking about. It’s safe to assume that even in these aware times certain chemicals can still be too easily purchased over the counter in all UK towns and cities.

  2. Christine Cullen

    Judging by the similarities to stuff you read on Daily Mail on line reader responses, we probably can guess their reading habits if nothing else.

  3. Florence

    It may not be fake news. But it certainly has been a convenient distraction from this last week in politics, and the Tory power grab to shore up their grubby little party in “power”. The episode may prove once again that the Tories, and May personally as Home Secretary and PM, have been a disaster for policing, but it certainly redirects fear down the well trodden route of “foreign” threats.

    (A bit like N Korea having the resources and skills to go from a crude nuclear device and no functional rockets to a fully functional nuclear weapon, then a miniaturized one, and then, the cherry on the top of the nuclear arsenal a hydrogen bomb, with a reliable ICBM delivery system in less than a year. As a (retired) scientist who can remember the development of nuclear weapons in all countries around the world, am I alone in feeling a little sceptical about the sudden spurt of N Korean technological prowess, delivering weaponised threats to Japan and the USA? Hasn’t that been little short of a miracle and a game changer for Trump and his apparent desire to have a war? )

  4. hugosmum70

    i read this morning that ISIS had taken responsibility. that was on MSN news online.
    But now…. wildswimmerpete…you have made me wonder. on a smaller scale obviously,i use lithium batteries in my camera. it takes 2 AA ones. one day while visiting one of Britains many castles, my camera batteries gave out on me. i went to the souvenir shop to buy more and was told the only ones they sold were the lithium ones.ive used them ever since. more expensive than duracel but last so much longer. now you have me wondering.if the bigger lithium batteries are so unsafe. how safe are the AA size in a small camera??

    1. wildswimmerpete

      The batteries you bought for your camera would’ve been 1.5v lithium IRON batteries. Quite different from lithium ION batteries which have a terminal voltage of around 3v. It’s LiIon batteries that generally present risk of fire and explosion. Even a conventional alkaline cell can cause a fire in the pocket if shorted by keys or whatever.

  5. Wirral In It Together

    Apparently there was no pressure container containing the explosive that would have been needed to create a lethal blast. So I agree with the commenter above that it may have been amateurs. Whilst it was dangerous, I do not believe that ISIS would have “claimed responsibility” for this failed attack. This will be where the #FakeNews kicks in.

  6. Jolan

    sorry this looks a very crude device not what you would expect from Isis and definitely not from the IRA. This wouldn’t be the first false flag attack and there seem to be a lot of inconsistencies. Certainly good news for the Tories who are trying to push through their hard brexit.

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