man due to be sentenced on explosives charges
man is due to be sentenced in Taunton today (Friday) after pleading
guilty to possessing dangerous explosives.
people had to be evacuated from their houses in Burnham in January
after Phillip Leonard's home in Beatty Way was raided by police.
offences carry a maximum prison sentence of fourteen years.
Leonard, 36, pleaded guilty to four charges at a hearing earlier
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
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of the police investigation in Beatty Way
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confirm incident 'was not terrorism related'
of the army bomb disposal team at the scene