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Man jailed over nail bombs plot

Martyn Gilleard
Gilleard was convicted of three terror charges

A Nazi sympathiser who kept nail bombs under his bed has been jailed for a total of 16 years.

Martyn Gilleard, 31, of Goole, East Yorkshire, stashed four home-made explosive devices, as well as bullets, swords, axes and knives in his flat.

Gilleard was sentenced to 11 years for terrorism offences and five years following the discovery of child pornography at his flat.

The court heard he had wanted to "save" Britain from "multi-racial peril".

'Lone wolf'

Officers from Humberside Police found the weapons and far-right literature when they were searching his flat for child pornography in October last year.

Police discovered about 39,000 indecent images, the films and photographs ranged from category one to five - five being the most serious. Gilleard was later arrested in Dundee.

The defendant admitted to 10 specimen counts of possessing indecent images of children, on the first day of his trial for the terrorism offences. The jury were not told of these offences until the end of his terrorism trial.

Weapons found at Martyn Gilleard's flat
Police found an array of weapons including swords

During the six-day trial, Gilleard also admitted having a collection of Nazi memorabilia, saying Nazism had appealed to him because of the way the Nazis had "rebuilt" Germany.

The jury was told police had found "potentially lethal bladed weapons", 34 bullets for a .22 calibre firearm, and printouts from the internet about committing acts of terrorism.

These included instructions on how to make a bomb and how to kill someone with poison.

Judge John Milford QC, sentencing, told Gilleard: "It's clear to me you have a deep-seated hatred of persons who are black, Asian and Jewish.

"You believe that the time has come to stop the talking and to engage in direct action against them."

Judge Milford said he believed Gilleard's extreme and violent views were "still burning bright", that he was working as a "lone wolf," and that he was "unrepentant".

This is a man who is comfortable with the idea of a race war and was preparing for one
Peter McDonagh

CPS Counter Terrorism Division

Commenting on Gilleard's child pornography offences, Ch Insp Chris Kelk, of Humberside Police, said: "The images include some of the most disturbing my team and I have ever seen and by admitting his crimes it has prevented the images being seen by jury members."

He commended his team for their professionalism despite the "distressing nature" of the images.

Earlier, explaining why he made the bombs, Gilleard said: "I'd had a couple of cans. I was just sat around bored."

"An idea popped up and I thought, 'Why not?' I thought, 'I've got pretty much what I need,' and I threw them together."

But Peter McDonagh, of the Crown Prosecution Service's Counter Terrorism Division, described Gilleard as someone who wanted to act.

"This is a man who is comfortable with the idea of a race war and was preparing for one," he said

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