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Man jailed for explosives and terrorism offences

A 49-year old man from Keighley has been sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to explosives and terrorism offences.

Credit: North East Counter Terrorism Unit

Martin Panton 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.

“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."

– Detective Chief Superintendent Clive Wain, Head of the North East Counter Terrorism Unit