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Man remanded on explosives charge

Police guard at the house
The man was arrested after a search of the property

A 30-year-old man has appeared before magistrates, charged with making explosives at home.

The court heard police found 12 grams of the homemade explosive hexamethylene triperoxide diamine (HMTD) in Donatien Chamchawala's kitchen cupboard in Blackwood, Caerphilly.

Mark Topping, prosecuting, told the court at Newport it was enough to cause "substantial damage" had it exploded.

Mr Chamchawala was remanded in custody to appear in court again on 20 April.

Some HMTD crystals were also found at the two-bedroom semi-detached house, as was an attempt to make a form of plastic explosive, the hearing was told.

Mr Chamchawala was arrested and the house raided by Gwent Police on 4 April, after neighbours heard loud bangs and saw smoke, Mr Topping said.

He faces three allegations under the Explosive Substances Act 1883.

Police have stepped up high-visibility patrols in the area to reassure the community.

Mr Chamchawala's next court appearance will be before magistrates in Caerphilly.



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