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Bristol 'survivalist' given suspended prison sentence for making homemade explosives

Magee admitted making homemade explosives with the intent of causing explosions. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

A 'survivalist' from Bristol has been given a suspended prison sentence after he admitted making explosives and hiding them inside Kinder Egg shells.

Daniel Magee, 39, pleaded guilty on 7 February 2020 to making an explosive substance and possessing three stun guns.

He also pleaded guilty to two counts of importing prohibited items - including an extendable baton and two flick knives.

Magee used Kinder Eggs to hide his homemade explosives. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Today (Friday 27 March) Magee appeared at Bristol Crown Court where he was handed a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months.

He has been in prison since his arrest in December 2018.

Now he must undergo rehabilitation, adhere to a three-month night-time curfew and destroy all of his weapons.

Magee must also pay a £149 victim surcharge and £250 costs.

What happened?

Police were called at the end of 2019 by UK Border Agency after it intercepted two packages for Daniel Magee which contained suspected prohibited items.

Officers searched Magee's home on Shetland Road in Southmead and found several weapons and 14 homemade explosives.

People living in the houses nearby had to leave their homes between 28 and 30 December while police, and the army's explosive ordnance disposal experts, conducted an investigation.

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More than 50 police officers were involved in the investigation.
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More than 10,000 electronic files had to be searched to find out Magee's motivation.
The 39-year-old has been described by police as a survivalist. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

In a police interview, the 39-year-old admitted creating the homemade explosives with the intention of causing an explosion.

It was later discovered Magee is a 'survivalist', which means he's a member of a movement which actively prepares for emergencies and social disruption.

Detective Inspector Ben Lavender, from Avon and Somerset Police:

Daniel Magee’s reckless actions jeopardised not only his own safety but also put innocent people in the surrounding area at risk too. Officers worked as quickly as possible to establish there was not a wider danger to the public.

However, we appreciate last December it did take some time to eliminate the danger from the property and this process unfortunately caused significant disruption to the residents of Shetland Road.

No one wants to be evacuated from their homes and I’d like to reiterate my thanks to all those displaced once again for the patience and understanding they showed while we dealt with the incident.

Our priority was always to ensure their safety and we couldn’t lift the cordon until we were positive all devices had been removed from the scene. Today’s sentencing is the culmination of a lot of hard work by officers.

– Detective Inspector Ben Lavender, Avon and Somerset Police