Chris Packham left terrified as thugs set car on fire outside home

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Chris Packham

Chris Packham shared horrifying details of the incident (Picture: @ChrisGPackham)

Chris Packham was home alone when thugs parked a Land Rover outside his driveway and set a vehicle on fire.

The 60-year-old presenter faced his worst nightmare as he revealed that angry balaclava- wearing protesters drove the vehicle, parked outside the star’s gates and then set the car on fire, before fleeing the scene after midnight on Friday.

The BBC Springwatch presenter was home alone at the time of the incident and revealed the flames were dangerously out of control at one point, before the fire brigade turned up.

The anti-hunt campaigner said: ‘I’d gone to bed and absolutely crashed out, literally crashed out, zonked.’

He added to The Mirror: ‘The gate isn’t visible from the bedroom but of course when it exploded, it went off with a massive bang which woke me and the dogs up.’

He said: ‘It was an inferno. The neighbours called the fire brigade and they turned up and put it out. The police turned up a bit later.’

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Hampshire Police appealed for help in catching the perpetrators.

A spokesperson said: ‘It was reported that a vehicle was on fire outside a property, which had subsequently spread to a surrounding gate and fence. Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service attended and extinguished the blaze. No arrests have been made.’

Chris Packham led march through to Buckingham Palace.

Wildlife expert Chris Packham and more than 100 children deliver a Wild Card campaign petition (Picture: PA)

On Saturday, Chris led a strong march along with hundreds of children and a jazz band, through central London to Buckingham Palace to deliver a petition signed by 100,000 people calling on the royals to re-wild their land.

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, actors Sir Mark Rylance and Josh O’Connor and original Springwatch host Kate Humble all signed the petition ahead of the COP26 climate change conference in Scotland.

The wildlife photographer said: ‘We are very politely asking them to change their practices and if they could announce that before COP26 it would send out a brilliant message across the world.’

‘This is not the time for talking about doing things any more, this is the time to actually do them.’

The Queen, Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William and Kate Middleton will attend the United Nations climate change conference in Glasgow in November.

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