Cumbrian man accused of keeping bomb-making diary denies terror offences

Shane Fletcher, 20, from Workington, Cumbria, appeared at Manchester Crown Court today Credit: PA

A man accused of keeping a diary with instructions on how to make napalm and pipe bombs has pleaded not guilty to terrorism offences.

Shane Fletcher, 20, from Wastwater Avenue, Workington, Cumbria, stood in the dock at Manchester Crown Court charged with two offences under the Terrorism Act, by allegedly having information useful for terrorist purposes.

He pleaded not guilty to two counts of having information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, relating to the manufacture of pipe bombs and the second count, relating to the manufacture of napalm, both on or before 10 March 2018.

The brief hearing dealt with pre-trial administrative matters.

Judge David Stockdale QC, the Recorder of Manchester, remanded Fletcher into custody ahead of a five-day trial scheduled to begin on September 3.