Clifton man found guilty of terrorism offence

Nottingham Crown Court
Nottingham Crown Court

A man who made gunpowder and had a copy of the Anarchist Cookbook in his house has been found guilty today at Nottingham Crown Court.

Roger Smith, 46, of Summerwood Lane, Clifton, was found guilty of one count of possession of gunpowder, possession of chemicals and possession of a copy of the Anarchy Cookbook (Version 2000), likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, contrary to section 58 Terrorism Act 2000.

A police search of Smith’s house in October 2015 uncovered gunpowder 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, crossbows and several hundred canisters of camping gas.

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While on police bail an officer visited Smith to check on his welfare but while he was there, Smith showed him a new copy of the Anarchist’s Cookbook which he had bought for a second time. He was subsequently arrested and charged with being in possession of Section 58 of the Terrorism Act. However today’s jury found him not guilty of this offence.

He will be sentenced on 16 December 2016.