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Martyn Paul Gilleard: the Nazi who had nail bombs

Issue No. 2107

The reality of the intentions of Britain’s Nazis was revealed last week. Martyn Paul Gilleard from Goole was on trial at Leeds Crown Court.

Gilleard had four nail bombs hidden under a bed at his home for use in terrorist acts if needed to “further his political cause”, the jury heard.

Gilleard has been a member of a number of Nazi political organisations, including the National Front and the British People’s Party – a breakaway from the British National Party (BNP).

Police also found knives, a bayonet and an axe, bullets and a large number of documents on how to make bombs and firearms.

Andrew Edis QC for the prosecution said Gilleard held “virulent racist opinions” and wanted to take them further.

John Percival, who had worked with Gilleard, told the court Gilleard had sent him an email containing a link to an online video which showed a Jewish person being beheaded.

Gilleard had worn T-shirts with BNP or National Front logos on. Referring to Muslims, when two paratroopers were killed in Iraq, Gilleard said, “What would happen if we blew them up back here?”

In court Gilleard claimed he never intended to use the nail bombs. He told the jury, “I’d had a couple of cans just sat around bored and thought what can I do. The idea popped up and I thought, why not.”

Gilleard said he had supported Tottenham Hotspur, which showed he did not dislike Jews. He said he was not a member of the Combat 18 group although police had found stickers at his flat.

The jury found Gilleard guilty on terrorism charges.


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