Student admits making explosive after bomb scare at Newcastle University

An 18-year-old Russian student has admitted to making an explosive substance after a bomb scare at Newcastle University.

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Student admits making an explosive after bomb scare

A Russian student has admitted to making an explosive substance after a bomb scare at Newcastle University.

Vladimir Aust has accepted making hexamethylenetriperoxidediamine (HMTD) between September 1 last year and June 11 this year.

The discovery of the volatile substance, sometimes used in the mining industry, outside the university accommodation building caused chaos in the busy city in the summer.

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The 18-year-old pleaded guilty to the charge during a hearing at Newcastle Crown Court, where he appeared via video link.

A charge of having two lock knives when he was arrested at Bayswater Road in London, when he was believed to be heading for the Russian embassy, was denied and will be dropped.

The investigation was initially led by the Counter Terrorism Unit.

Judge James Goss QC adjorned the case until next month when Aust will be senteced via video link to the prison where he is being held.

Russian student in court over university bomb scare

Court artists drawing of Vladimir Aust at Westminster Court

An 18-year-old Russian student has appeared in court in London following an incident involving explosives at Newcastle University.

Vladimir Aust has been charged with making explosive substances.

He is also accused of carrying two knives when he was arrested near the Russian embassy in London.

Parts of the University were evacuated on two separate occasions last week.

Mr Aust was remanded in custody and will appear at Newcastle Crown Court on June 23rd.

A second teenager, also Russian, is on police bail pending further inquires.

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Man charged over Newcastle University evacuation

Newcastle University was evacuated twice when suspicious item were discovered Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Police have a charged an man in connection with the evacuation of Newcastle University.

The 18-year-old was arrested in London on Tuesday June 10, on suspicion of offences under the Terrorism Act.

He has been charged with possession of a bladed article in a public place and manufacture of an explosive substance.

He has been remanded in custody and will appear before Magistrates in London tomorrow, Tuesday June 17, 2014.

A second 18-year-old man, arrested in connection with the ongoing investigation, remains on police bail pending further enquiries.

Newcastle Uni explosives case: one man bailed

The North East Counter Terrorism Unit says one of the two men being questioned about incidents surrounding Newcastle University has now been released on bail.

The student, aged 18 and from Russia, had been arrested in Newcastle on Wednesday on suspicion of offences under the Explosives Act.

A second student, also aged 18 and from Russia, was arrested in London on Tuesday on suspicion of offences under the Terrorism Act.

He remains in custody.

Buildings at Newcastle University were evacuated, and the area sealed off, after police searched a room in a halls of residence and discovered explosives.

These were safely detonated on the Town Moor by bomb disposal experts.

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Newcastle Uni staff alerted police to change in student

An investigation into suspected terrorism offences began because Newcastle University staff contacted police to alert them to a change in a student's behaviour, police have confirmed.

At that point they believed a student may have been carrying a knife. A university neighbourhood officer and university staff searched a bedroom in the INTO building in Newcastle city centre, and found a number of items which gave them cause for concern.

Since then two Russian students at the university have been arrested, one on suspicion of offences under the Terrorism Act and another on suspicion of offences under the Explosives Act.

Northumbria Police Assistant Chief Constable Jo Farrell explained how it unfolded.

Teenager arrested under Terrorism Act

The North East Counter Terrorism Unit has confirmed that two men, both aged 18, remain in police custody in connection with an investigation into potentially suspicious substances at Newcastle University.

  • The first 18 year old was arrested in London on Tuesday 10th June on suspicion of offences under the Terrorism Act
  • The second 18 year old was arrested in the Northumbria Police force area on Wednesday 11th June on suspicion of offences under the Explosives Act

Officers have been granted extensions to give them more time to question the men.

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