Inquest on Dover firebomber adjourned

9th November 2022

The inquest on the death of Andrew Leak, the man suspected of the firebombing of a Dover migrant centre on 30 October 2022,has been adjourned to the provisional date of 27 January at County Hall, Maidstone.

Leak, 66, from High Wycombe, threw up to three incendiary devices at the migrant centre before, it seems, taking hiw own life by asphyxiation. He was found dead at a nearby petrol station in the driver's seat of his white Seat following the attack. A further device found in his car was made safe by the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit.

Leak had a history of sharing far-right content and posting racist comments online, and was an admirer of Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, aka Tommy Robinson, founder of the English Defence League. Groups whose posts he shared on social media included New World Order, the Traditional Britain Group and Turning Point UK. Other groups that he also “liked” include Enoch Powell was Right; Close UK Borders; God Hates Islam; and Patriots Party.

In October last year, Leak, 66, wrote that he had sent a parcel “to the British government”, warning it that “I will end illegal immigration into this country within one year from the French boat side.” And in a post in July, Leak claimed “all Muslims are guilty of grooming … they only rape non-Muslims”. Last year he wrote: “A message to the UK government: if you dare come for our children we will come for you. If I can not have freedom, then I will choose death.”

Two members of staff were left with minor injuries in the attack, which Home Secretary Suella Braverman described as "distressing".

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