FIRST, WHITE, BOMB MAKING TERRORIST JAILED

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A 49 year old man from Keighley has been sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to explosives and terrorism offences.

Martin Panton of Parkwood Street Keighley was charged with six offences under Section 58 of the terrorism act 2000 and four offences under Section 4 of the Explosive Substances Act 1883

He pleaded guilty to all charges.

He was arrested in September 2016 by officers from the North East Counter Terrorism Unit after explosive materials were found at his house.

Just before his arrest his neighbours were asked to evacuate to allow for a thorough search and safely remove any hazardous element.

 DETECTIVE CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT CLIVE WAIN, HEAD OF THE NORTH EAST COUNTER TERRORISM UNIT said

“Unlawful possession of highly volatile chemicals and explosives is not only extremely dangerous but is also a serious criminal offence. The materials were being held in a well-populated residential area and the consequences of them being ignited, either accidentally or deliberately could have been tragic. Thankfully the items were removed safely.”