explosives raid: Seized substances 'posed a risk to life'
amount of explosives found in the shed of a Burnham-On-Sea man's
home was allegedly enough to cause structural damage up to 50
yards away and posed a significant risk to life, a court heard
Leonard, pictured, faces four charges of making explosive substances
for an unlawful purpose between December 31st and January 21.
found 20g of hexamethylene triperoxide diamine (HMTD), 100g-150g
of pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN), 31g of picric acid and
5g of lead picrate.
Leonard was charged after a raid
last Friday at his house in Beatty Way last Friday when scores
of residents were evacuated and a 100-metre exclusion zone was
put in place.
36 year-old appeared before Taunton Deane
Magistrates Court and was remanded in custody to appear
at Taunton Crown Court on February 6th.
Hayllar, defending, told the court there was "nothing to
suggest he was going to use them in a malicious way."
COVERAGE OF THE BEATTY WAY INVESTIGATION:
praise goodwill of residents
resident charged after explosives raid
centre praised by residents
Way cordon lifted by police
photos of the police investigation in Beatty Way
collections delayed by police probe
confirm incident 'was not terrorism related'
of the army bomb disposal team at the scene