A 20-year-old rifleman from Eccles has been jailed for two years for making a viable nail bomb packed with deadly shrapnel in his bedroom.
Ryan McGee's home-made device contained 181 metal screws and bits of glass which were designed to maximise wounding capability when it was set off.
Police found the bomb when they raided his three-bedroom family home on an unrelated matter last November.
The court heard that he was interested in the English Defence League but was not a member and had watched a horrific video of men being bound and executed under a swastika flag.
McGee had previously admitted buying the Anarchist Cookbook and making the nail bomb and was sentenced today.
This video shows hundreds of shoppers at a Tesco store in Wigan during 'Black Friday' sales.
A huge crowd rushes towards pallets of discounted televisions, the plasmas are taken within seconds.
Video from Ryan Scally
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Blood donors in the region are being urged to come forward amid concerns of a drop in supplies. 4,500 donations are needed in Merseyside alone over the festive period and the number of people at sessions often falls at this time of year.
A mum is facing another Christmas without her son because of a drunk driver. Elaine Gordon is backing a campaign by emergency services to stop people getting behind the wheel after drinking. Police, fire officers and paramedics in Greater Manchester are using technology in the festive crackdown. More than 300 people were arrested during last year's Christmas operation.
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An MP has called for the three women who confronted the killers of Lee Rigby and sought to help the soldier should be officially honoured for their bravery.
Conservative MP for New Forest East Julian Lewis says Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, Amanda Donnelly and Gemini Donnelly-Martin should be given either a Queen's Commendation or a George Medal for their actions on the day Fusilier Rigby was killed.
Mr Lewis said the bystanders, who are known as the "angels of Woolwich", deserve an honour and pointed out that one of them now suffers mental health problems. On May 22 last year, Muslim converts Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale ran down and killed the soldier near Woolwich Barracks, south-east London.
A couple who plotted to defraud the National Health Service by up to £1m by supplying equipment and services at exorbitant prices have been sentenced.
54 year old John Leigh and Deborah Hancox who is 45 of Bolton Road, Rochdale, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud and conspiracy to conceal criminal property at an earlier hearing.
Today they have been sentenced at Manchester Crown Court. Leigh was sentenced to 44 months and Hancox to 24 months in prison.
The couple were involved in a seven-year conspiracy between January 2001 and October 2008 to supply goods and services to the NHS at inflated costs. It is thought the value of the fraud was more than £1m, with the couple pocketing about £300,000 from the scam.