Former British National Party council candidate Robert Cottage has been jailed for two and a half years after stockpiling explosive chemicals.
The 49 year old, from Colne in Lancashire, pleaded guilty to possession of the chemicals, which included ammonia, hydrogen peroxide and hydrochloric acid. Following two trials where the jury failed to reach a verdict, he was cleared of conspiracy to cause explosions.
His defence lawyer said that Cottage had obtained potassium nitrate and sulphur with the intention of making gunpowder, but maintained that this was only intended to make thunder flash bangers to deter intruders.
The judge, Mrs Justice Swift, explained the sentence by saying that though Cottage had made the stockpile because of views that “veer towards the apocalyptic”, “the risk of further offending of the same type is low”.
Cottage believed that because of immigration a future civl war was “imminent and inevitable”.
Cottage was arested last September after the stockpile of chemicals was found at his home. The police who discovered the chemicals also found ball-bearings, air-pistols, crossbows, a document on bomb making and a stockpile of food.
A second man, David Jackson, was cleared of all charges after a jury failed to reach a verdict in two trials.
Phil Edwards, a spokesman for the Nazi BNP said that it was a political prosecution, “We’re not condoning it, but it’s a quid pro quo to appease the Muslims.”
Denis Fernando, Joint Secretary of Unite Against Fascism, said: “Cottage’s conviction is the latest example of the fascist BNP’s criminality. Behind the facade of respectability that the BNP craves lies an organisation that is full of convicted criminals.
“The BNP is not a legitimate party when its members and candidates engage in such violent activity and should not be treated as an ordinary political party or legitimised. They represent a criminal conspiracy that opposes democracy and has a history of violence.”
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