Loughborough ‘bomb plot’ retrial date set

A date has been set for the retrial of a teenager accused of planning a “Columbine-type bomb attack” on his former school.

Last month a jury at the Old Bailey failed to reach a verdict on two charges under the Terrorism Act, which the 17-year-old from Loughborough denies. He has admitted possessing component parts for petrol bombs and pipe bombs.

The boy, who cannot be named, will now be tried again on 3 March. He is accused of possessing a poisons handbook, which is banned under terrorism laws, weapons and plans that the prosecution says named several potential targets in Loughborough. The teenager denies charges of possessing the items for the purpose, preparation and instigation of an act of terrorism.

Two other 17-year-old boys from Loughborough, who previously admitted possessing explosives, have been given 12-month youth rehabilitation orders.

BBC News, 13 December 2013