A Scots ‘neo-Nazi’ who gathered components to make bombs and kept a list of Scottish mosque addresses has been jailed for life.
Connor Ward, from Banff in Aberdeenshire, acquired hundreds of ball bearings which could be used in pipe bombs and rocket tubes which could be used to fire projectiles.
He also had a stun gun, hundreds of knuckle dusters, knives and metal bars.
The 25-year-old was sentenced to life in prison for breaching the Terrorism Act 2000 and the Terrorism Act 2006. It will be six years before he is eligible for parole.
Ward acquired a mobile phone signal jamming device and a machine for picking up hidden bugs.
He also downloaded tens of thousands of documents on guns and survival techniques. The files also contained extreme right-wing propaganda and military tactics.
Detectives also found a Google Maps-style file containing the postal addresses of five Islamic places of worship in the Aberdeen area on Ward’s computer.
They also found that Ward, who told jurors that he thought Hitler had made mistakes, had started to compose a book called “Combat 18 British Mosque Address Book”.
Lord Burns told him: “The jury found you guilty and must have been satisfied you were in the course of preparing acts of terrorism.
“The jury’s view was that you formed an intention to attack a Mosque or Mosques in Aberdeen and would have acted alone. You had reached the stage of identifying your targets and expressed threats against Muslims.”
Lord Burns said that if Ward had carried out the acts of terrorism “It would have had catastrophic results”.
The judge added: “You had reached the stage of buying materials and you planned to cause serious injury at the least. Your obsession with weapons and explosives and your extreme right-wing attitudes presents serious risk to the public.”
Combat 18 is the name of an extreme British right-wing paramilitary group.
Ward had previously been jailed for three years at the High Court in Edinburgh on another explosives charge.
He was also given a 22-month jail sentence in April 2015 for possessing a stun gun.
Ward was convicted in July 2016 of having an “improvised” knife whilst serving that prison sentence and given another 18 months.
In August 2016, the court heard how Ward was sentenced to another four months in custody for assaulting somebody whilst in custody.