Clifton man jailed for possession of explosives, knives and a crossbow

Nottingham Crown Court
Nottingham Crown Court

A Clifton man who made gunpowder and had a copy of the Anarchy Cookbook in his house has been jailed.

Roger Smith, 46, formerly of Summerwood Lane, was found guilty of possessing and making gunpowder, possession of 11 explosive chemicals and possession of the Anarchy Cookbook Version 2000 – an offence under the Terrorism Act 2000.

He appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on 12 January 2017 and was sentenced to four years in custody with a 12 month extended licence. On release Smith will be subject of notification requirements under the Counter Terrorism Act 2008 for a period of 10 years, alongside numerous probation conditions.

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A police search of Smith’s house in October 2015 uncovered gun powder along with items suggesting the potential manufacture of explosives. This prompted the attendance of the Joint Service Ordnance Explosive Disposal (JSEOD).

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He also had knives, a crossbow and several hundred canisters of camping gas.

Smith was arrested and told police officers that he enjoyed experimenting with chemicals and didn’t have any intention of making explosives.

Inspector Donna Busuttil said “Our priority will always be the safety and wellbeing of our communities. Officers came into contact with Mr Smith on an entirely unrelated matter and during their conversations he mentioned some chemicals that were for demonstrations to his young family members.

“When we receive reports of chemicals in private dwellings we take them seriously and officers searched Mr Smith’s home with a warrant. Chemicals were discovered alongside gunpowder and a copy of the ‘Anarchy Cookbook version 2000’, which under UK terrorism law is illegal to own.

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“Mr Smith was arrested and an investigation was launched. Nottinghamshire Police and specialist partners take matters like these very seriously and must act to protect the public.

“Mr Smith was found guilty of explosives offences and a terrorism offence in relation to the Anarchy Cookbook version 2000, which demonstrates the severity of his actions.

“This case is a fine example of working with the communities that we serve. Listening and building relationships with a close knit neighbourhood like Clifton has brought us closer together and we will continue to develop this way of policing.

“I would like to remind members of the public that your curiosity will never be a good reason for obtaining documents which contain terrorism related materials and Nottinghamshire Police takes these matters, as demonstrated, very seriously.”