Bath man guilty of terror offences after posting explosives tutorial in extreme-right group chat

Elliot Brown was found guilty of two terrorism-related offenses at Bristol Crown Court. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

A man from Bath who made and then shared a video detailing how to make explosives has been found guilty of terrorism related offences.

Elliot Brown, 25, was found guilty at Bristol Crown Court on Monday (January 16) of two offences following an investigation by Counter Terrorism Policing South West (CTPSW).

Brown recorded a video in which he used a smart device to explain how to make a specific explosive substance.

In March 2020, he then shared the video in a Telegram chat group where members expressed extreme right-wing views and ideology.

Brown’s video came to light during a separate terrorism-related investigation, for which one person was convicted and jailed in June 2021, as they had the footage saved on their phone.

He was arrested by CTPSW officers in February 2021.

When questioned, Brown told officers he made the video as a joke as he had a dark sense of humour, but that he did not share the same extreme ideology seen within the chat group.

However, contradictory evidence was found on his phone of videos showing terrorist attacks in Germany and New Zealand, in addition to neo-Nazi imagery.

Brown was found guilty of one count of possession of terrorism-related material and a second of distributing it intending to, or recklessly, encouraging terrorism.

The jury reached a majority verdict on both counts after deliberating for more than seven hours following a five-day trial.

Elliot Brown will be sentenced at Bristol Crown Court.

Brown is due to be sentenced at Bristol Crown Court on Tuesday (January 17).

Detective Superintendent Craig McWhinnie, Head of CTPSW said: “Elliot Brown was not just seeking to explore an interest in extremist-related materials. The video he produced and thought appropriate to share with people harbouring similar abhorrent views will understandably shock people.

“While there is no evidence that Brown planned to commit any terrorist attack, his actions went beyond just casual talk and are a criminal offence under the Terrorism Act.”

Superintendent Steve Kendall, of Avon and Somerset Police, said: “People like Elliot Brown, who hold extremist views, can live absolutely anywhere and although these instances are rare, they remind us we all need to be vigilant.

“Our number one priority is always public safety and that’s why we work so closely with our counter-terrorism partners and other agencies. We will always work tirelessly to root out offenders such as Brown.

“If you are concerned about someone’s behaviour please contact us. We will be able to help with support, and where necessary, take appropriate action.”