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Tobias Ruth is an admirer of Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik and has already served a prison term for a hate campaign against mosques

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Tobias Ruth

An extremist has been jailed for building up a bizarre arsenal of weapons to guard against ‘the apocalypse’.

Tobias Ruth is an admirer of Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik and has already served a prison term for a hate campaign against mosques.

He is obsessed with weapons and was found with a home-made stun gun, an air rifle, and a large collection of knives when police raided his home in Torquay in August.

Ruth, aged 24, was jailed after a judge at Exeter Crown Court was told he is a ‘doomsday crank’ who is preparing for an apocalypse.

He had made the stun gun by combining two electrically powered fly zappers but the gadget did not work when it was tested by the police

His air gun was a .22 Westlake which would normally have been legal to own but which he was banned from keeping because of his earlier conviction.

Ruth, of Lymington Road, Torquay, admitted possessing an illegal weapon which was adapted for the discharge of electricity and of possessing a firearm within five years of being released from prison.

He was jailed for 18 months by Recorder Mr Martin Meeke, QC, who told him:”You have an unnatural fascination with weapons but no previous convictions for firearms offences.”

Mr Kenneth Bell, prosecuting, said Ruth’s home was searched on August 7 and the two weapons were found, along with a large collection of knives which he was allowed to own.

He said Ruth had built a device out of two electric fly swats but tests by the police showed it was not viable in its current form. Officers also recovered the air gun.

He said Ruth has previous convictions for having a knuckle duster and a knife in public and was barred from owning any form of firearm because of his previous sentence.

Mr Kevin Hopper, defending, said Ruth had not taken the two weapons out of his property or used them to threaten anyone. He said the fly zapper was effectively harmless.

He said:”There is concern expressed in the pre-sentence report about his right-wing views and whether he is dangerous. In the past he has printed off right wing manuals but that was in 2013.

“He has not been before the courts regularly for serious offences and there is a lack of aggravating features.

“He describes himself as believing in the apocalypse and being a doomsday crank but the weapons were indoors and there is no suggestion he carried them with him.

“The issue is more about his unhealthy interest in weapons in general.”

Ruth served a 19-month sentence in 2014 for his part in six-month spree in which he and his friend John Roddy sprayed the letters KT on 72 buildings in honour of Breivik’s Order of the Knights Templar.

They branded each other with hot irons to initiate themselves in Breivik’s Order of the Knights Templar and then sprayed the letters KT on 72 buildings, signs or cars around Torbay.

The most serious attack was on the Torquay Islamic Centre where the pair followed up a spate of racist graffiti with a threatening letter.

The two youths sent poison pen style letters to Mosques or Islamic prayer centres in Plymouth and Brighton and were planning to send them to others all around Britain.

All their messages read:”Leave this town today or there will be hell to pay”.

Roddy’s laptop contained Breivik’s Manifesto and the Al Qaeda training manual. A sweet tin was found full of cut out words and letters from magazines which they were using in their threatening messages.

Roddy, aged 20, also of Lymington Road, Torquay, was jailed for 23 months, suspended for two years, at the time of the original case.

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Tobias Ruth has previous convictions for racially-motivated graffiti attacks

A Torquay man who once plotted a nationwide hate campaign could be sent back to prison after being found with a prohibited weapon.

Tobias Ruth, 23, has become obsessed with knives and weapons, Exeter Crown Court was told.

He admitted two weapon-related offences when he appeared at the court for a short hearing.

The court was told he had adapted a fly swat into a stun gun and had a .22 air rifle.

Mr Kevin Hopper, defending, said Ruth had become ‘somewhat obsessed’ with collecting knives and weapon paraphernalia.

But he said the weapons had not been used in any crime and the electric fly swat did not work.

“He had no intention of using it on anyone,” said Mr Hopper

The defendant, formerly of Walnut Road but appearing via video link from custody, pleaded guilty to possessing a prohibited weapon on August 7 and possessing a firearm when prohibited.

Judge David Evans said he wanted Ruth to speak to the probation service before sentencing him.

He said all options, including immediate imprisonment, would be considered.

He adjourned sentence to October 25.

Ruth was just 18 when he and a friend carried out a campaign of racist vandalism in Torquay in 2012.

They styled themselves as Knights Templar and studied the crimes of Norweigian mass murderer Anders Breivik.

Their arrest led to houses being evacuated and roads cordoned off.

Ruth admitted conspiracy to send malicious messages and conspiracy to cause criminal damage. He was jailed for 33 months.

The judge at the time said the communications were intended to cause the fear of racial violence and plainly had a racial element.

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TWO friends obsessed with Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik plotted a far-right hate campaign in Torbay, a court was told today.

John Roddy, 20, and Tobias Ruth, 18, daubed racist graffiti on a mosque and spray painted Brixham police station

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The pair styled themselves as Knights Templar in homage to Breivik and sent letters to Islamic centres telling worshippers to leave the country.

At Exeter Crown Court today Ruth, from Brixham, was sent to a Young Offenders Institution for two years and nine months

He had previously admitted conspiracy to cause criminal damage and to send malicious communications.

Roddy, from Torquay, walked away from court with a suspended jail sentence. He admitted the conspiracy charges and possessing a terror manual on his computer.

Their arrests came in January after an area of Lymington Road in Torquay was sealed off by armed police who feared they may be dealing with a terrorist cell.

Exeter Crown Court was told that police had been hunting whoever was responsible for a series of graffiti attacks on various buildings in Torquay and Brixham dating back to July the previous year.

Red spray paint and the initials KT had been daubed on buildings and 72 incidents of criminal damage were later attributed to the pair.

Among the buildings targeted were Brixham police station; a council-owned building in St Mary’s Park; the Union Street car park in Torquay and a children’s play area in Plainmoor.

Racist slogans were sprayed on the Torquay Islamic Centre.

Police arrested Roddy after a large billboard had been daubed by the words ‘Knights Templar’

Police analysed Facebook traffic between Roddy and Ruth and discovered the pair had been in conversation about places to target.

Roddy’s laptop was found to contain an “al-Qaeda training manual” and Breivik’s ‘2083 A European Declaration of Independence’.

Jeremy Atkinson prosecuting, said: “Both developed an obsession with the personality and ideology of Anders Breivik, the convicted Norwegian terrorist and mass murderer.

“The defendants had attempted to act out to some extent their own form of activity under the banner of Knights Templar, an organisation discussed at some length by Anders Breivik and aspired to be part of that organisation or their own version of it.”

He said in July the pair had taken part in an ‘initiation right’ with each of them branding the other on the upper arm with a hot metal cross to signify their allegiance to the Knights Templar.

Letters sent to the Islamic Centre in Torquay included the words ‘Leave this town today or there will be hell to pay.’

Identical letters, shown to have been addressed by Roddy and using cut out letters from newspapers, were also sent to mosques in Brighton and Plymouth.

Lee Brembridge mitigating for Roddy, now of Old Mill Road,said there was no evidence any of the material found in his possession would be used for terrorist purposes and the material had not been distributed.

He said Roddy was shy and had been assessed by a mental health team. He also had Asperger’s and autism.

Roddy, he said, had come under the influence of Ruth after the pair met on a bricklayer’s course at South Devon College, at which point his family had started to notice a behavioural change.

Kevin Hopper, mitigating for Ruth, said his client was a ‘social inadequate’ who was easily influenced by others. He said Ruth had been 17 at the time and compensation claimed for the graffiti only amounted to £500.

But Judge Francis Gilbert QC said the real cost was far higher and ran into thousands of pounds.

“At least one of the acts of criminal damage was motivated by racial hatred,” he added.

“The racial element of the offences is obvious.”

Roddy was given 23 months in a Young Offenders Institution, suspended for two years and 18 months supervision.

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