Former BNP Member Jailed Over Explosive Chemicals

A former member of the British National Party has been jailed for two-and-a-half years for storing a collection of explosive chemicals in his home.

Robert Cottage, 49, from Colne in Lancashire, had admitted possessing the chemicals in February.

He was cleared of additional charges of conspiracy to cause explosions, following two trials.

During a search of his home last September, police discovered 21 types of chemicals which could have been used to create explosives, as well as a computer document of the Anarchy Cookbook, which explained how to make different types of bombs.

Cottage appeared at Manchester's Crown Court for sentencing on Tuesday.

He has already served more than ten months in jail and it is thought that he could be released within six months.

Another man, David Jackson, 62, was cleared of conspiracy to cause explosions after the jury twice failed to reach a verdict.


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