Ex-mayor guilty over explosions

John Larsen, a former mayor of Denbigh, has been found guilty of causing a series of explosions in the town. He has been sentenced to 18 years in prison, for what the judge called 'a sustained campaign of quite deliberate terror.'

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Community 'increasingly anxious' as explosions went on

In formal submissions before sentencing, prosecuting barrister Wyn Lloyd Jones said people living on, or close to, Lenten Pool Read, where Larsen set off most of his devices, became "increasingly anxious" as the explosions got bigger.

He said: "It had an impact on sleep. There were concerns about property damage or someone being injured."

He said Larsen used his position of public office to "throw people off the scent", organising meetings to discuss the incidents and reporting explosions to the police, and even gave interviews claiming he was concerned for his family's welfare.

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