DIY na­palm gran­dad’s bid ‘to kill’ chil­dren

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A GRAN­DAD found mix­ing na­palm in his kitchen told po­lice he was “mak­ing a bomb” to kill chil­dren af­ter they threw eggs at his home, a court heard.

Ni­cholas Smith, 53, was grat­ing soap into a pan of lighter fluid af­ter search­ing online for in­struc­tions on mak­ing ex­plo­sives.

When cops asked what he was do­ing, he al­legedly said: “What does it f*ck­ing look like? I’m mak­ing a bomb.”

The former TA vol­un­teer posted on Face­book he wanted re­venge on chil­dren who had “de­clared war” on him.

Teesside Crown Court heard Smith’s com­puter had ac­cessed a web page en­ti­tled “How to make a bomb, 22 ways to kill.”

He told ar­rest­ing of­fi­cers in May: “I just wanted to kill them — I’d had enough.”

Foren­sic sci­en­tist Lorna Phillip said the mix­ture could be de­scribed as na­palm.

Smith, of Hor­den, Co Durham, de­nies two ex­plo­sive sub­stances charges.

The trial con­tin­ues.

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