Heathfield man in court on explosives charges

Highcroft Crescent, Heathfield
Highcroft Crescent, Heathfield

A carpenter from Heathfield appeared at the Old Bailey on Friday to deny making explosives and possessing terrorist material, including a document called ‘Middle Eastern Terrorist Bomb Designs’.

Benjamin Harris, 30, of Highcroft Crescent, was arrested in March last year when police allegedly found materials for making explosives.

He was found with low-grade black powder, oxidising agents and five terror-related e-documents, it is claimed.

The documents were entitled ‘Mujahideen Explosive Handbook’, ‘How to Make Cemtex’, ‘Electrical Detonation Manafacture’, ‘Nitroglycerine Manufacture’ and ‘Middle Eastern Terrorist Bomb Designs’, it is alleged.

Wearing a blue shirt, Harris spoke only to confirm his name and enter pleas to ten separate counts on Friday.

He pleaded not guilty to two counts of having an explosive substance and one count of making an explosive substance.

Harris also entered not guilty pleas to five counts of possessing information useful for terrorist purposes.

But he admitted one charge brought under the Manufacture and Storage of Explosive Regulations Act relating to the storage of explosives.

He also pleaded guilty to producing cannabis.

Harris was released on unconditional bail and will stand trial on May 5.