Man collected explosive chemicals 'after watching TV documentary'
man who caused a bomb scare in Burnham last month has said he
started collecting the explosive chemicals after watching a TV
documentary on the subject, a court has been told.
Leonard, 36, pleaded guilty at Taunton Crown Court to four counts
of making explosives for an unlawful purpose between December
31st and January 20th.
disposal experts were called to his former partners home
in Beatty Way and evacuated dozens of residents after introducing
a 100m safety cordon, as we reported here.
court was told that Leonard came up with the idea when bored after
watching a TV documentary on the subject.
police knocked on his door, Leonard answered it and told officers:
"I thought I might get a visit from you."
asked if he had dangerous substances at the property he said he
had two different types of explosives.
Hayllar, defending, said there was nothing malicious and Leonard
only wanted to experiment.
remains in custody until he is sentenced in the next few weeks.
The latest hearing was adjourned so pre-sentence reports could
be conducted to help with handing out an appropriate punishment.
COVERAGE OF THE BEATTY WAY INVESTIGATION:
pleads guilty to explosives charges
praise goodwill of residents
resident charged after explosives raid
centre praised by residents
Way cordon lifted by police
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