Published: February 7th , 2012
Burnham-On-Sea man pleads guilty to explosives charges

A man has admitted making explosives found at a house in Burnham-On-Sea in January.

Philip Leonard, 36, pleaded guilty to four charges at a hearing, at Taunton Crown Court, and was remanded in custody.

Leonard, of Beatty Way, carried out his activities between 31 December 2011 and 21 January 2012.

Dozens of people were evacuated from their homes and a cordon was set up after a police raid in the street, as reported here.

Leonard's defence lawyer told the court he did not have any malicious motive and had not intended to use the explosives to cause damage or injury.

Leonard was remanded in custody while pre-sentence reports are prepared.

FURTHER COVERAGE OF THE BEATTY WAY INVESTIGATION:

Police praise goodwill of residents
Burnham resident charged after explosives raid

Evacuation centre praised by residents
Beatty Way cordon lifted by police
More photos of the police investigation in Beatty Way
Recycling collections delayed by police probe
Police confirm incident 'was not terrorism related'
Video of the army bomb disposal team at the scene

 


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