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Police found 54 explosive devices from nail bombs to a booby-trapped cigarette packet at Terrance Gavan’s home

A BNP member who spent a decade building up a cache of weapons in a bedroom hideaway was jailed for 11 years today.

Bus driver Terrance Gavan manufactured highly dangerous firearms and explosives at the home where he lived with his mother in Batley, West Yorkshire.

Police discovered 54 improvised bombs including nail bombs and a booby-trapped cigarette packet, as well as 12 firearms.

The former soldier told detectives that he had “a fascination with things that go bang”, the Old Bailey heard.

But Gavan also had a “strong hostility” towards immigrants, the court heard, and planned to target an address he had seen on a television programme that he believed was linked to the 7 July bomb attacks in London.

He told police he was a BNP member and letters to him from the party, as well as a copy of its magazine Hope and Glory, were found at his home.

The court heard that handwritten notebooks were found. One note said: “The patriot must always be ready to defend his country against enemies and their governments.”

Gavan pleaded guilty to 22 counts including collecting information useful for terrorism and possessing explosives and firearms.

The Guardian

From 2010

Matthew Glynn had an "obsession" with explosives and weapons, police said

Matthew Glynn had an “obsession” with explosives and weapons, police said

A bomb-maker who had a dartboard featuring images of Barack Obama, the Duchess of Cambridge and the popstar Cheryl has been jailed for five years.

Matthew Glynn had an arsenal of weapons including Samurai swords, axes and knives at his home in Horfield, Bristol.

He kept a viable improvised explosive device (IED) underneath his bed.

Glynn, 37, previously pleaded guilty at Bristol Crown Court to five charges of making an explosive substance.

The court heard more than 6kg (13.2lb) of explosive powders, as well as other chemicals used for bomb making, were stashed in his property.

Glynn also bought a Wolverine-style weapon with four sharp blades, described as “horrific” by police.

A multi-bladed arm knife was found at Glynn's home by police

A multi-bladed arm knife was found at Glynn’s home by police

Sentencing him, Judge Peter Blair QC said: “There were large quantities of explosives which would have endangered life if they had have gone off.

“Police discovered a dartboard that you’d described to a work colleague as a board of people you hate.”

The judge said Glynn “had an interest in groups demonstrating anti Islamic sentiment” but material he posted on social media showed “more of a confused mind than a careful planning mind”.

Controlled explosions were carried out on the devices during a four-day evacuation of the area around his home in July.

Work colleague James Grogan tipped off police after seeing knives at Glynn's home

Work colleague James Grogan tipped off police after seeing knives at Glynn’s home

Glynn’s work colleague tipped the police off after he visited his house and saw swords and weapons.

James Grogan, who worked with Glynn at kitchen joinery Howdens, said the warehouse worker had joked when he sat on his bed that he was “sitting on a bomb” and had demonstrated racist and homophobic views.

Following the sentencing, Det Insp Dave Lewis said police were still not clear why Glynn had so many weapons and what he intended to do with them.

“That he had amassed this arsenal of weapons with such extensive dangers is very worrying,” he said.

Police said Glynn had never indicated why he was stockpiling explosives like this homemade bomb

Police said Glynn had never indicated why he was stockpiling explosives like this homemade bomb

BBC News

37-year-old carpenter Matthew Glynn faces life in prison for turning his home into a bomb factory

This is the face of the man who turned his Horfield home into a bomb factory.

Matthew Glynn, 37, appeared at Bristol Crown Court today, October 31 and despite being due to face trial entered five guilty pleas to making an explosive substance between January 1, 2016 and July 24, 2018.

Glynn now faces a maximum of life in prison for his crimes which caused his street of Filton Avenue, Horfield evacuated for two nights running.

Matthew Glynn posted this image of himself on social media

Matthew Glynn posted this image of himself on social media

The bomb squad descended on the area after a member of the public contacted the police and officers swiftly evacuated nearby homes.

Calling in the army disposal experts (EOD), they were able to enter the house and found what they referred to at the time as “suspicious items” at the property.

Glynn was later charged for making four explosive devices which were described in court today.

One was called a bomb, another a tennis ball filled with low explosive, a hand-held device covered in ball-bearings was also found. Emergency services also found a cylindrical-shaped bomb.

Matthew Glynn admitted making bombs at his home in Filton Avenue, Horfield

Matthew Glynn admitted making bombs at his home in Filton Avenue, Horfield

He has also admitted the same charge relating to explosive powder.

Roads were quickly blocked off and an investigation got underway to make the area safe again.

Filton Avenue was then cordoned off from 5pm on July 23, until late that night.

Although the bomb squad had return to the area the next day and evacuate residents for a second night after more suspicious items were found in Glynn’s attic.

Bristol Post

Stephen Bracher had been working on 17 other devices, police said

Stephen Bracher had been working on 17 other devices, police said

A man found with a 9kg (20lb) fertiliser bomb under his bed has been jailed for 40 months.

Unemployed amphetamine addict Stephen Bracher, 55, had been working on 17 other devices when he was arrested in January, Exeter Crown Court heard.

Bracher admitted three counts of having explosive substances, one of possessing a lock knife and one of possessing amphetamines.

Police found jottings which indicated extreme hatred of black and gay people.

In some he expressed intentions of killing people, the court heard.

Bracher's house was "full of weaponry" including machetes and knives

Bracher’s house was “full of weaponry” including machetes and knives

Royal Navy explosives experts removed the explosives from his home in Bishops Tawton, near Barnstaple, after the raid on 24 January.

The property was also “full of weaponry” including machetes and knives, police said.

The ammonia sulphate fertiliser bomb, when exploded under controlled conditions, left a large hole in the ground.

Police said fertiliser bomb and the other devices could have caused “extensive damage”.

Det Insp Phil Gray said: “He had disassociated himself from society.

“He enjoyed making his own explosives to see how loudly he could get them to go bang.”

Bracher told police the explosives were fireworks.

Neighbours and friends of Bracher spoke of an unemployed loner who spent hours with a metal detector by the nearby River Taw.

There he would search for finds which he would take to Barnstaple Museum.

He had a “genuine” interest in local history and was not in it for money, said one museum worker.

Bracher was the eldest of three children and lived in the area all his life, said friend Mike Davis, who has known him since they were teenagers.

Last year Bracher’s builder brother Alan died, which had affected him “severely”, said Mr Davis.

Mr Davis said: “He was a very reasonable person, no trouble maker.

“He didn’t want to do damage to anyone – he’s not a terrorist kind of person, he wouldn’t harm anyone.”

The almshouses where Bracher lived are reserved for people aged over 45 with local connections.

Neighbour Glyn Seal said it was a “big surprise” when the almshouses, with their manicured lawns and clipped hedges, were raided and Bracher was arrested.

“It’s a quiet community and the people in the almshouses are very quiet,” he said. “You never hear anything from them.”

BBC News

Ian Forman of Birkenhead sentenced to 10 years in prison after making homemade bomb and drawing up list of targets

Nazi sympathiser Ian Forman, who has been jailed for 10 years for preparing for acts of terrorism. Photograph: Greater Manchester Police/PA

Nazi sympathiser Ian Forman, who has been jailed for 10 years for preparing for acts of terrorism. Photograph: Greater Manchester Police/PA

A Nazi sympathiser who planned to blow up mosques in Merseyside has been jailed for 10 years.

Ian Forman, 42, from Birkenhead, was convicted of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts following an 11-day trial in March.

Forman, who had a “deep hatred” of Muslims, made a list of mosques near his home, which he referred to as his “dreck ziel” – a German phrase literally meaning “filth target”.

He researched how to make bombs online and tested explosives at his home before police discovered chemicals and a homemade explosive device in his bedroom in June last year, Kingston crown court heard.

Forman, who expressed rightwing views on social media and spoke of his admiration of Adolf Hitler and the Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik, owned part of an SS officer’s uniform which he planned to display on a mannequin, the court heard.

Police found a film he had made of himself wearing an SS officer’s hat while playing video games.

Sentencing Forman to 10 years, the judge, Paul Dodgson, said the would-be terrorist had acted in a “racist, abusive and extremely offensive manner”.

He added: “You in your perverted way believed that your activities were a continuation of Nazi warfare.”

David Mason QC, in mitigation, said Forman was “not your average terrorist” and had struggled in Belmarsh prison alongside a large number of inmates from ethnic minorities.

“Everything this man did was geared towards his hate towards the ethnic community,” he said.

“It is consistent with someone who thought about it for a very long time but actually never stepped out of his front door to do it. He perhaps came across as someone rather pathetic, very bright, holding appalling views but not your average terrorist.”

Forman came to the attention of police in April 2013 while he worked as a receptionist at a glass recycling firm in Ellesmere Port.

Colleagues found that he had been researching chemicals and explosive substances on the internet during work hours – a breach of company policy.

He was called in for internal disciplinary meetings, during which he claimed his research was for his hobby of making fireworks.

Unconvinced, the company called Merseyside police, prompting his arrest.

After the sentencing on Thursday, DS Matt Findell of the north-west counter-terrorism unit said: “Thankfully, we will never know how far Forman was prepared to go in acting out his racist fantasies.

“However, we do know that Forman had carefully selected a number of targets to meet his own means. Had he carried them out, his attacks could have caused considerable damage to both property and people at several mosques.

“The north-west counter-terrorism unit has extensive experience of investigating individuals and groups who hope to threaten, intimidate and attack people for their own twisted political ends.

“We have demonstrated once again with today’s result that we will use every means at our disposal to protect our communities.”
The Guardian

From 2014

Steven Bracher had three viable pipe bombs and was working on a total of 17 improvised devices in Bishops Tawton.

A man with extreme homophobic and racist views has admitted making a nine kilogram fertiliser bomb at his home in a Devon village.

Steven Bracher had three viable pipe bombs and was working on a total of 17 improvised devices when he was arrested for having a knife in the street in Barnstaple.

Royal Navy explosives experts spent several hours making safe and removing a large quantity of different chemicals at the historic Almshouses in Bishops Tawton, near Barnstaple.

Police also found jottings which indicated extreme views of members of society including black people and gay people, some of which talked about killing people.

The largest bomb was a nine kilogram device made from ammonium sulphate and diesel oil which was found under 55-year-old Bracher’s bed.

It was blown up by the Plymouth-based Navy experts and the resulting explosion was filmed as evidence of the power of the bomb. It left a large hole in the ground.

Scientists at a Government laboratory are still studying all the chemicals which were seized to try to find out whether Bracher was trying to make more devices.

He is an amphetamine addict who was also trying to make his own supply in an operation similar to the one in the American crime series Breaking Bad.

Bracher, of the Law Memorial Houses in Bishops Tawton, admitted three counts of having explosive substances, one of possessing a lock knife in Barnstaple High Street, and one of possessing amphetamines.

He appeared by video link at Exeter Crown Court from Long Lartin prison and was remanded in custody. Judge David Evans ordered psychiatric and probation reports and adjourned the case until June 8.

Mr David Sapiecha, prosecuting, said the explosives were found after Bracher was arrested on Wednesday January 24 this year.

He said:”He was in possession of 17 improvised explosive devices. Three were what are commonly termed pipe bombs with explosives in metal tubes.

“In addition there was an ammonia sulphate fertiliser bomb weighing nine kilograms. Video footage is available of it being exploded under controlled conditions which show the size of the blast and the hole it made.

“The nine kilogram bomb was under his bed. There are aspects of the case that we do not link directly, but he had particular views which appear to be of concern.

“The property was full of weaponry including machetes, knives and things like that. There were jottings which show fairly nasty views with regard to sections of society.

“Drugs were being used. He told police he was addicted to amphetamines and had attempted to make amphetamine or met-amphetamine, although the experts say he was not up to it.

“When he was booked into custody he said he had undiagnosed depression. He had an interest in explosives and one aspect which will need to be looked at is what may have happened if he had a bad day as a result of depression and drugs.

“It could have turned quite nasty. We do not say there is any link to terrorism.”

Mr Richard Crabb, defending, said Bracher has no psychiatric history and there is another side to his character. He said there was no indication he had any intention to harm anyone or to damage property.

The judge said:”He is expressing views in the jottings which are troubling and at the same location there are explosive substances and weaponry. The jottings include expressions of an intention to kill people.

“We have someone who may be labouring under some sort of mental health problem who is addicted to a drug which may have unpredictable side effects and who was expressing these intentions and desires. metaphorically, it is an explosive mixture.”

Devon Live

A man has been convicted of having explosives, weapons and ammunition following a joint investigation by police in Hertfordshire and Counter Terrorism officers from the Met and the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU).

Warren Snedden, 44 (05.05.73) of Longcroft Lane, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire was today, Tuesday, 27 March, found guilty at Woolwich Crown Court of having an explosive substance.

Snedden had previously pleaded guilty to a number of other offences including: possession of documents containing information likely to be useful for terrorist purposes; possession of firearms and ammunition; and, production of cannabis.

Police were alerted to a suspicious transaction on an online auction site in July 2017, where a number of chemicals associated with the production of the explosive TATP were purchased. Further enquiries linked the purchases to Snedden.

A search warrant was carried out on 29 September 2017 by Hertfordshire Constabulary at his address in Welwyn Garden City, where officers found the chemicals in Snedden’s bedroom, along with a number of tilt switches, that are often used in the production of improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

Police also found component parts of a firearm, an air rifle and over 200 rounds of ammunition – all items Snedden was specifically prohibited from possessing, having previously been convicted of an armed robbery offence in 2001. A small number of cannabis plants were also found growing in his garden.

Snedden’s digital devices were seized and later examined. Detectives found copies of terrorist-related manuals and documents detailing how to make and create home-made ammunition, weapons and explosives.

Snedden was charged and remanded in custody; he appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 2 October 2017, and his case was subsequently referred on to Woolwich Crown Court for trial.

Commander Clarke Jarrett, Head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, said: “Snedden never gave a full explanation as to what he was planning to do with the array of chemicals, weaponry and ammunition he had stockpiled. What is clear is that what he was doing was putting both himself, his neighbours and the public in great danger.

“This was a joint investigation between the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command and colleagues from Hertfordshire Constabulary, as well officers from ERSOU’s counter terrorism policing unit. The excellent work across all three has led to a number of dangerous components and weapons being taken out of circulation.

“The case is also a further reminder of the need to be ever-vigilant and I would urge anyone who sees any suspicious activity or behaviour to ACT and report it to police.”

Any suspicious behaviour or activity can be reported via the online tool at: or by calling the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.

Detective Superintendent Glen Channer, Head of Counter Terrorism Policing for ERSOU, said: “Although we may never understand why Snedden stockpiled these items and was viewing such material, there is no doubt that he posed a very real threat to society.

“This case was a great example of agencies working together in order to prevent someone from causing harm, and removing dangerous weapons and chemicals from circulation.

“Last week saw the launch of the new Action Counter Terrorism campaign which urges people to be vigilant to suspicious activity such as the ordering of illegal firearms or the gathering of chemical materials so this is a timely reminder for people to be alert and report anything they find concerning.”

Snedden was convicted of the following offences:

Two counts of having an explosive substance; two counts of possession of a prohibited weapon; two counts of possession of a firearm without a certificate; possession of ammunition without a certificate; possession of ammunition when prohibited; possession of a firearm by a person previously convicted of crime; three counts of possession of a document containing information useful for terrorist purposes; production of cannabis.

Met Police