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Teenager accused of planning Columbine-style massacre cleared

A teenager accused of plotting a Columbine-style massacre in Loughborough has been cleared after a second jury could not come to a decision.

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Teenager accused of plotting Columbine-style massacre cleared

Michael Piggin

A teenager accused of plotting a Columbine-inspired massacre in Loughborough has been cleared by a second jury at the Old Bailey in London, after they could not come to a decision.

Michael Piggin, who is now 18, outlined in his diary plans of deadly attacks on two schools, a mosque, council offices and Loughborough University. The A-Level student wrote about arming himself with guns, bombs and knives.

But he claimed the details he wrote were a way of venting his anger, rather than serious plans.

It is the second time a jury have not been able to reach a decision, and he will not be tried again, as defendants are never tried for a third time. Mr Piggin has therefore been cleared of preparing an act of terrorism, and other terror offences.

He had admitted to possessing a knife, and also confessed to possessing parts for an improvised explosive device halfway through the trial. He will be sentenced on 13 June.

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