Published: April 13, 2012
Burnham-On-Sea man due to be sentenced on explosives charges

A man is due to be sentenced in Taunton today (Friday) after pleading guilty to possessing dangerous explosives.

Thirty people had to be evacuated from their houses in Burnham in January after Phillip Leonard's home in Beatty Way was raided by police.

The offences carry a maximum prison sentence of fourteen years.

Mr Leonard, 36, pleaded guilty to four charges at a hearing earlier this year.

He carried out his activities between 31st December 2011 and 21st January 2012.

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

FURTHER COVERAGE OF THE BEATTY WAY INVESTIGATION:

'TV led to explosives interest', court hears
Burnham pleads guilty to explosives charges
Police praise goodwill of residents
Burnham resident charged after explosives raid
Evacuation centre praised by residents
Beatty Way cordon lifted by police
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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