F4J admit Blair kidnap plot
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FATHERS' rights campaigners today admitted there had been a plot to kidnap Tony Blair's son Leo as a publicity stunt - and blamed disgruntled ex-members.
Police foiled the plan at an early stage and it was unclear whether the people involved had the capability to carry it through or how far the scheme had progressed.
The threat was uncovered while officers were investigating people who had been associated with the fringes of the Fathers 4 Justice - F4J - group.
There have been no arrests.
F4J denied any involvement and one of its founder members, Matt O'Connor, condemned the idea of kidnapping five-year-old Leo "unreservedly".
Mr O'Connor said the "grotesque" plot was damaging to them and could sabotage the group's future.
"I am very angry and upset," he said, "that this organisation has been undermined by the very people it's supposed to help. There's a dark underbelly out there that came up with this grotesque idea of separating a child from its father.
"It's appalling and puts into question the whole existence of this organisation.""I wouldn't want to be associated with anything like this," added Mr O'Connor.
Both Downing Street and Scotland Yard are refusing to comment on the reported plot to snatch Leo, the prime minister's youngest son.
Mr O'Connor, a 38-year-old father of two, said it was difficult to establish the truth of the matter.
"But we think it is certainly possible that ex-members of the organisation who were expelled last year may have been planning something like this," he said.
Apart from Leo, the Blairs have three other children and because of the threat, security around the family has reportedly been reviewed.