A MAN has pleaded guilty to a number of charges in connection with the possession of weapons and explosive making equipment.
Simon Flint had a huge collection of weapons, including more than 100 knives, improvised explosive crossbow bolts and a catalogue of components to build his own bombs, including potential pipe bombs.
The 42-year-old was due to stand trial this morning after being charged with seven offences following a police operation in Bishop Auckland on Friday, June 28.
However, this morning he pleaded guilty to three charges – affray and two charges of possession of explosive substances. He had already pleaded guilty to a number of offences at Durham Crown Court.
olyon Perks, prosecuting, said the defendant accepted that he had acquired the parts needed to construct an improvised explosive device.
He added that the defendant used improvised devices to blow up fruit and a laptop computer.
Mr Flint, who has an address at Meadowfield Drive, Eaglescliffe, but is understood to have lived in a campervan for a number of years, was charged with making threats to kill, possession of an explosive substance, two charges of possession of offensive weapons, possession of a weapon for the discharge of pepper spray, two charges of possession of a bladed article in public and a public order offence.
Among the items listed in the charges were three crossbows, a friction locking baton, lock knives and swords including one measuring 2ft long.
The precision engineer is also accused of possession of an explosive black powder, a weapon designed to discharge a noxious gas or liquid – namely pepper spray, and of using abusive, threatening or insulting words or behaviour to cause alarm.
Judge Howard Crowson adjourned the case for sentence and remanded Flint into custody.
He said: “We have admitted your offences and the next stage is sentencing but we will want to that right and it can be a little complicated, this piece of the law, so the lawyers are going to make sure they help me as much as they can and get this right.”