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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

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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