Keighley Man Sentenced to Four Years for Terrorism and Explosives Offences

A 49 year old man from Keighley has been sentenced this afternoon (Wednesday August 2, 2017) to four years in prison after pleading guilty to explosives and terrorism offences.

Martin Panton (26/09/67) of Parkwood Street, Keighley, pleaded guilty to six offences under Section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000 (possessing a record containing information useful for terrorist purposes) and four offences under Section 4 of the Explosive Substances Act 1883 (possessing and making an explosive substance).

He was arrested by officers from the North East Counter Terrorism Unit in September 2016 after the discovery of explosive material at his home address. At the time of his arrest local residents were evacuated to allow for thorough searches and the safe removal of explosive material.

Detective Chief Superintendent Clive Wain, Head of the North East Counter Terrorism Unit, said: “Unlawful possession of highly volatile chemicals and explosives is not only extremely dangerous but is also a serious criminal offence. The materials were being held in a well-populated residential area and the consequences of them being ignited, either accidentally or deliberately could have been tragic. Thankfully the items were removed safely.

“Martin Panton conducted most of his research online. He downloaded a number of publications containing instructions on how to make explosives.

"We recognise the potential risks posed by the easy access to online publications and material which may constitute offences. If the public come across material which gives them cause for concern we'd always urge them to come forward and contact police in confidence on 0800 789 321 or via www.gov.uk/act."

 Martin Panton

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