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Breaking Bad dad mixed chemicals in shed and sold them to terrorists

- By Chris Brooke

A CHeMiST who sold dangerous substances to terrorists from a home laboratory in his garden shed is facing jail.

Gert Meyers, 55, accused the police of going ‘over-the-top’ by evacuating the neighbourh­ood when they swooped on his house.

He claimed he was a harmless ‘hobby chemist’ and was only in trouble because of fears about islamic State.

The father-of-one is a trained chemist who ran a business from his home in Bridlingto­n, east Yorkshire, importing and exporting chemicals. He also admitted doing experiment­s by mixing chemicals in old Tango drink bottles.

The case has echoes of the hit US TV series Breaking Bad about a chemistry teacher with terminal cancer who uses his expertise to make drugs for cash.

Meyers, who now says he wants to be a science teacher after ill health forced him out of business, was known to police because he had previously legally sold sub- stances to two people who were prosecuted for terrorism offences.

He was suspected of supplying materials for use in a bombing and a murder but was never charged with any offence, Beverly Magistrate­s’ Court was told.

When new legislatio­n was later passed, he was twice advised by police that he needed a licence to keep specific chemicals. Then last August officers, supported by an Army bomb disposal team, raided his mid-terrace family home, evacuating 40 houses and setting up a 200 yard cordon as a precaution. District Judge Fred Rutherford said the operation cost taxpayers £36,000. Meyers, a Belgian who moved to the UK 25 years ago, pleaded guilty to breaching the Poisons Act. He admitted possess- ing quantities of nitric acid, hydrogen peroxide, potassium perchlorat­e and potassium chlorate without a Home Office licence.

The district judge sent the case to Hull Crown Court after deciding he had insufficie­nt powers to sentence the defendant. Meyers will appear there on April 27.

After the case, Detective Chief Superinten­dent Matt Hutchinson said Meyers had behaved irresponsi­bly and now faced a possible jail sentence for keeping ‘volatile substances’ at his home.

But yesterday Meyers said he was a danger to no one and should not be blamed for what others do with chemicals he sells legally.

Meyers, who is married to Julie, 57, a nurse, and has a daughter ellie, 22, said he imported chemicals in bulk from the Czech Repub- lic and rebottled them to sell in smaller quantities. He said he was warned about his activities three years ago after selling aluminium powder to a terror suspect in Birmingham who ended up shooting dead a Muslim man.

He said: ‘i sold to him in good faith. if i ran a hardware shop i wouldn’t ask every customer what they wanted a knife for.’

Commenting on his failure to get a licence, he said: ‘i forgot about the warning and i was ill anyway. i’m not great with paperwork.’

He added: ‘My daughter watched Breaking Bad and tells me i could make a lot of money doing stuff like that. But i don’t want to get into trouble. now i could get two years in jail. i’m being punished as one of many hobby chemists for the acts of a few terrorists.’

 ??  ?? Home experiment­s: Gert Meyers in his garden shed laboratory
Home experiment­s: Gert Meyers in his garden shed laboratory
 ??  ?? Breaking Bad: Aaron Paul, left, and Bryan Cranston
Breaking Bad: Aaron Paul, left, and Bryan Cranston

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