Sunday, October 08, 2006

Tsk Tsk

It looks as if bomb plots are all the rage this summer. Not sure why this isn't all over the BBC - it's the sort of stuff that that's usually meat and drink to them. Doubtless all will be revealed at a later date (via Pickled Politics).

TWO Pendle men have appeared before Pennine magistrates accused of having "a master plan" after what is believed to be a record haul of chemicals used in making home-made bombs was found in Colne.
Robert Cottage (49), of Talbot Street, Colne, and David Bolus Jackson (62), of Trent Road, Nelson, made separate appearances before the court charged with being in possession of an explosive substance for an unlawful purpose. The offences are under the Explosive Substances Act 1883.
Both men were remanded in custody to appear at Burnley Crown Court on October 23rd. Cottage was arrested at his home on Thursday, while retired dentist Jackson was arrested in the Lancaster area on Friday, the same day as he left a dental practice in Grange-over-Sands.
The 22 chemical components recovered by police are believed to be the largest haul ever found at a house in this country.
Cottage is an ex-BNP member who stood as a candidate in the Pendle Council elections in May.
Mrs Christiana Buchanan, who appeared for the prosecution in Jackson's case, alleged the pair had "some kind of masterplan".
She said a search of Jackson's home had uncovered rocket launchers, chemicals, BNP literature and a nuclear biological suit.
Police raided Cottage's Talbot Street home on Thursday of last week. The house was taped off while forensics officers searched the premises. Neighbours were told to stay in their homes for their own safety. Mr Cottage's car was also taken away for examination.
Officers also made a thorough examination of Jackson's Trent Road home and, again, officers were on duty outside the house. Forensics officers examined the property.


I'm note sure having 'a master plan' is actually a criminal offence. I think it might be the explosive substances that are the problem.

Rocket launchers ? And BNP literature ? Must be planning some sort of hi-tech leaflet delivery system.

9 comments:

Umbongo said...

Laban

Your report has obviously omitted the announcement made by a police spokesman to the effect that "leaders of the community to which those arrested belong were consulted by the police before the raids"

verity said...

Umbongo, I believe the police spokesman also added that these two men constitute a tiny minority of the "indigenous and integrated immigrant community" most of whom are as shocked as we are.

Actually, I think they fear playing this up might serve pour encourager les autres in the indigenous community. As in, "Hey! What a neat idea!"

TottenhamLad said...
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TottenhamLad said...

Perhaps it is not getting wider coverage because of this:

Supt Smith added: "We are making inquiries in relation to what we have found at his address and to establish what offences he may have committed.

"He's not a terrorist and it's not a bomb factory but we are interested in what we have seized from his house. It will take expert advice to establish exactly what he has got.

"He was arrested under the Explosives Act on suspicion of possessing chemical substances that aren't in themselves an offence to possess but if combined may be capable of making an explosion."


From www.burnleycitizen.co.uk

Stevo in Taichung said...

I never did trust dentists.
What were the actual chemicals? maybe he was just going to mix a few fillings.

JuliaM said...

"Not sure why this isn't all over the BBC - it's the sort of stuff that that's usually meat and drink to them."

Perhaps, as Verity suggested, it's a fear of putting ideas into heads?

Or perhaps it isn't considered newsworthy because white supremecists haven't flown airplanes into commercial centres, bombed tubes, instigated riots over 'rights', etc, etc.....

AntiCitizenOne said...

"it isn't considered newsworthy because white supremecists haven't flown airplanes into commercial centres, bombed tubes, instigated riots over 'rights'" : julianm

Your missing the word "yet".

Seeing how the government were cowed by threats and violence has encouraged the BNP to go down the same route.

verity said...

Certainly, watching the police, the home secretary and His Charismatic Toniness abasing themselves before terrorists and alien aggressors will have encouraged alert warriors everywhere.

Stuart said...

"We are making inquiries in relation to what we have found at his address and to establish what offences he may have committed."


In other words, it's a fishing trip by the plod and the fact that they might be BNP supporters is just a coincidence....

As no overt offence had been committed, who then, made the complaint? Bliar's secret police are watching you....