R v Copeland (2020)
In this case, the appellant had purchased several chemicals online, including a small quantity of a primary explosive, HMTD. He was also found in possession of manuals for bomb-making, notes on bomb-making and a video on his phone demonstrating the making of an HMTD-based explosive device. When interviewed by police, he explained that the possession of such items was due to his interest in military matters and bomb disposal. He stated that he had acquired the explosives in order to understand how explosives worked and wanted to experiment with them, using small, controlled explosions in his back garden. He was charged with the possession of HMTD under the Explosive Substances Act 1883, s.4(1):
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