Huw Norfolk known as Badger, the middle class anarchist with £ 10,000 on his head


Police are looking for Huw Norfolk, 27, an anarchist known as Badger, whom they want to question about an arson attack on a telephone antenna and acts of vandalism at a newspaper office.

A middle class anarchist suspected of causing criminal damage worth around £ 300,000 has had a bounty of £ 10,000 on his head.

Huw Norfolk, the son of a poet and nuclear energy advisor, has been on the run for three years.

Known as Badger, the heavily tattooed 27-year-old has ties to anarchist communities in southern England, Europe and South America.

Unable to locate him, the police took ‘fairly unique’ action for a crime of this nature by offering a financial reward of £ 10,000 for information about his whereabouts.

Meanwhile, his parents faced the humiliation of a manhunt for their son and were questioned by police at the £ 700,000 family home in Cheltenham.

His father, Dr David Norfolk, 64, is a Cambridge-educated company director specializing in nuclear energy. His company, Norfolk Garrett Consultancy, advises nuclear operators on environmental regulations.

Her mother, Gill Garrett, 65, is a poet, writer and former lecturer. The couple told Avon and Somerset Police that they had ‘no idea where he was’ and had not had contact with their son for some time.

The Norfolks also have a 29-year-old daughter who is a volunteer health and social service officer and an accomplished archer.

She attended Pate’s Grammar School in Cheltenham, one of the UK’s leading public schools. Their son is suspected of setting fire to a communications mast in Bath, which caused around £ 300,000 in damage and cut electricity to thousands of homes.

He is also accused of causing criminal damage to the office of the Bristol Post newspaper during the riots of August 2011.

Officers are investigating more than 100 incidents which resulted in combined damage worth £ 20million and say they cannot rule out its links to these other attacks. Police first appealed locally for information on Norfolk’s whereabouts in 2011, but this yielded no results. His last known address was in Bristol city center, but police said he could have fled the country by now.

A letter attributed to him posted online in November 2011 said, “My decision is not to comply with my judicial persecution. With little to do, the officers decided to put the £ 10,000 bounty on his head.

Chief Detective Inspector Andy Bevan, who is leading the investigation, said: ‘Norfolk is wanted for these two serious crimes and we are asking the public to help us find him.

The Bathampton mast arson attack on January 3, 2013 caused damage worth several hundred thousand pounds and affected television, radio and mobile phone signals to thousands of homes and businesses , including individual and small-scale traders and independent businesses that depend on their phones. work and trade.

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Avon and Somerset Force Police (pictured) believe Norfolk has links to anarchist groups responsible for 60 fires around Bath and other groups in Pembrokshire, Bristol and London

“It has deprived many people of their only lifeline in an emergency and put the lives of thousands of innocent adults and children at risk.”

He said the incident in the Bristol Post building, which saw shattered windows and paint thrown on them, caused thousands of pounds of “insane criminal damage”.

“Both incidents have caused enormous disruption in the lives of innocent people and we take them very seriously,” DCI Bevan added.

Norfolk is white, small in stature, and measures approximately 5 feet 9 inches. He has green eyes and sometimes wears glasses.

The anarchist is known to regularly change his appearance and give false details, including the name of Geoffrey or Howard.


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