Weapons stash and bomb man­ual found in ter­ror raid

Court told ac­cused was in pos­ses­sion of details about lo­cal mosques

Daily Record - - INFO - JAMES MULHOLLAND re­porters@dai­lyrecord.co.uk

A MAN sus­pected of plan­ning ter­ror at­tacks kept weapons at his home as well as a book con­tain­ing in­struc­tions on how to make bombs, a court heard.

De­tec­tive Sergeant David Crowther told a jury yes­ter­day how he and col­leagues searched Con­nor Ward’s house in Banff on Novem­ber 21, 2014.

The High Court in Ed­in­burgh heard how the of­fi­cers found a stun gun dis­guised as a torch, knuck­le­dusters and knives at the prop­erty in the town’s Whin­hill Cres­cent.

DS Crowther added that the team also dis­cov­ered a de­vice in Ward’s house that ap­peared to be able to jam mo­bile phone sig­nals.

He also said de­tec­tives re­cov­ered a ma­chine which could be used to scan rooms for hid­den lis­ten­ing de­vices.

The po­lice also re­cov­ered a Nokia mo­bile phone which was be­ing kept in a safe in a bed­room and a lap­top.

They also found a book called the Anar­chist’s Cook­book, which con­tained in­for­ma­tion on how to make ex­plo­sive de­vices.

DS Crowther said of­fi­cers re­cov­ered book­lets that con­tained pass­words which Ward used to ac­cess web­sites.

Ju­rors were shown the pass­word for his Google ac­count, which was Com­bat18. When prose­cu­tion lawyer Richard God­dard asked DS Crowther what Com­bat18 stood for, he replied: “It’s a group who have ex­treme right-wing views and are in­volved in violence.”

Ju­rors were also shown the “gamertag” for Ward’s XBox Live ac­count. It read G3stapoOff­ic3r.

DS Crowther was giv­ing ev­i­dence on the first day of pro­ceed­ings against the 25-year-old, who is fac­ing two charges.

Yes­ter­day, he told Mr God­dard how he and his col­leagues at­tended Ward’s mother Joyce’s home that morn­ing.

He said they were search­ing for a stun gun and other weapons.

The court heard that Joyce directed him to a bed­room where he found a rucksack and a hold-all con­tain­ing “mar­tial arts

I asked if he had a stun gun or other weapons and he said ‘Yes’ DS CROWTHER

style weapons.”

Of­fi­cers then went to Ward’s house in Whin­hill Cres­cent. DS Crowther said: “I ex­plained we had a search war­rant and I asked if he had a stun gun or other weapons. He said, ‘Yes’.

Ward showed the po­lice of­fi­cers a bag in his bed­room which ap­peared to con­tain a torch.

The po­lice­man said: “I asked him what it was and he said it was a stun gun.”

Dur­ing the search of Ward’s mother’s house, knuck­le­dusters were found that had been ad­dressed to Ward but sent to his mum’s house. One was a copy of the Bat­man sym­bol.

Ju­rors were then shown ex­cerpts from The Anar­chist’s Cook­book. One chap­ter was en­ti­tled Ex­plo­sives and Booby Traps.

It gave in­struc­tions to make de­vices in­clud­ing a “Molo­tov cock­tail” and a home-made gre­nade. Prose­cu­tors al­lege that be­tween Fe­bru­ary 26, 2011, and Novem­ber 21, 2014, Ward in­tended to carry out acts of ter­ror­ism.

He is said to have cre­ated an elec­tronic doc­u­ment called “Com­bat 18 Bri­tish Mosque Ad­dress Book”, con­tain­ing a map show­ing the lo­ca­tion of mosques in the city of Aberdeen.

Prose­cu­tors say he cre­ated, down­loaded and saved elec­tronic files on to de­vices in­clud­ing flash drives.

DS Crowther told de­fence ad­vo­cate Drew McKen­zie that he and a col­league at­tended Ward’s home in Septem­ber last year.

Dur­ing the visit, he asked Ward if he could in­spect pack­ages in the prop­erty but the ac­cused re­fused.

He told DS Crowther the pack­ages con­tained items to be used for “self de­fence” pur­poses.

Ward de­nies breach­ing the Ter­ror­ism Act 2000 and Ter­ror­ism Act 2006.

SHOCK Stun gun and knuck­le­dusters DAN­GER Knives, right, and books with bomb mak­ing info, left, were found

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