BBC Home
Explore the BBC
BBC News
Launch consoleBBC NEWS CHANNEL
Last Updated: Monday, 2 July 2007, 19:10 GMT 20:10 UK
BNP man and dentist in bomb trial
Robert Cottage (L) and David Jackson (R)
Both men denied they were plotting an explosion
A former British National Party (BNP) candidate and a dentist stockpiled chemicals as part of a bomb plot, a court has been told.

Robert Cottage, 49, and David Jackson, 62, both from Lancashire, have denied conspiracy to cause an explosion with chemicals ordered over the internet.

Mr Jackson, of Nelson, also denies possessing explosives - a charge admitted by Mr Cottage, of Colne.

The pair are on trial at Manchester Crown Court.

Eleven boxes of chemicals that could be combined to cause a dangerous explosion were found at Mr Cottage's house, the jury was told.

Mr Cottage bought them online in September 2006 on the instructions of Mr Jackson, prosecutor Louise Blackwell QC said.

The dentist became friends with Mr Cottage - who has failed to win three local elections - at BNP meetings.

As their relationship progressed, he became more religious and more controlling of her
Louise Blackwell QC, prosecuting

Lancashire Police were alerted to the plot by Mr Cottage's wife, Kerena, 29, who told her social worker she was scared they were going to test chemical bombs in countryside near Preston.

"She was aware that the chemicals were intended to harm the enemy, which she understood to be the government or anyone who came unannounced to the door of their house," said Ms Blackwell.

The Anarchist Handbook, which contained bomb recipes, had been downloaded on Mr Cottage's computer, the jury heard.

Ms Blackwell said this selection and printing of instructions from the handbook revealed their intention to cause explosions.

During a two-day search of Mr Cottage's house, officers found ball bearings, a hoard of food and weapons including a crossbow, airgun and several BB guns.

Ms Blackwell said Mr Cottage told police he had stockpiled the items over fears the country was on the brink of civil war.

Brainwashing claim

His wife had become increasingly disturbed by his "radical" attitude towards Asians and his interest in listening to radical radio programmes on the internet.

"As their relationship progressed, he became more religious and more controlling of her," Ms Blackwell said.

Ms Blackwell told the court he removed television aerial so his wife could not watch what he described as "brain-washing material put out by the government".

The court also heard that officers searched dentist Mr Jackson's home a few days later on 1 October 2006.

Mr Jackson told police that Cottage had bought the chemicals to teach his son chemistry.

But the court heard Mr Cottage told police they were for Mr Jackson to teach him how to make fireworks.

The trial was adjourned until Tuesday.

Two appear on explosives charges
24 Oct 06 |  Lancashire

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific