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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 1:26 pm    Post subject: UK soldier Ciaran Maxwell jailed had ammo mines bombs Reply with quote

What did Maxwell have in his 43 hides?
- 14 pipe bombs
- Two anti-personnel directional mines
- Two Explosively Formed Projectiles
- 29 complete firing systems
- 33 initiators
- 13 military 'Igniter Safety Fuze Electric' initiators
- Three fully constructed improvised detonators
- 397 rounds of ammunition subject to licensing conditions
- 137 blank rounds of ammunition
- Four British Army magazines
- 30 metres of detonating cord
- Five metres of green burning fuse,
- 10 Time and Power Units.



'Sleeper agent' Royal Marine who made bombs for Irish republicans had 300 government and military targets as police admit his arsenal of mines, mortars and drugs are STILL hidden in tunnels around the UK
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4746678/Ex-Marine-stashed-bomb s-Irish-militants-jailed.html

Royal Marine built bombs for the Continuity IRA at his grandmother's house
He constructed 14 pipe bombs and two mines and could have built 19 more
The 31-year-old became the first marine to be jailed for UK terrorism offences
Judge jails him for 18 years, telling him he had betrayed his fellow marines
Motivated by lasting effects of a sectarian attack which left him injured aged 16
By RICHARD SPILLETT, CRIME CORRESPONDENT FOR MAILONLINE and CHRIS GREENWOOD CHIEF CRIME CORRESPONDENT FOR THE DAILY MAIL
PUBLISHED: 14:56, 31 July 2017 | UPDATED: 00:24, 1 August 2017



A terrorist who infiltrated the British military has been jailed for 18 years for supplying bombs to dissident Irish republicans.

Former Royal Marine Ciaran Maxwell stashed anti-personnel mines, mortars, ammunition and 14 pipe bombs - four of which were later used - in 43 purpose-built woodland hides at eight locations in Northern Ireland and England.

Bomb-making materials were found in barrels and buckets buried in the ground as well as an adapted Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) pass card, a PSNI uniform and a police stab-proof vest.

Maxwell was driven by 'republican sympathies and a hostility to the UK' and the lasting effects of a sectarian attack that left him with a fractured skull when he was 16, the court heard.

Questions have now been raised as to how someone with a background of Republican sympathies passed vetting for the Marines - as police admit it is likely that more of his bombs remain in the hands of senior Continuity IRA members.

Doug Beattie, a former Royal Irish Regiment captain who is now an Ulster Unionist Party politician, said: ‘We could have been looking at loss of life perpetrated at the hands of a serving soldier of the British military.

‘If we don’t have a look at our security checks and how we vet people before they join the military, we’re going to have problems in the future.’

The Royal Navy rejected suggestions there was a failure of vetting. A spokesman said: ‘All security personnel are subject to security checking prior to employment and at regular intervals throughout their careers.’

The 31-year-old, who is originally from Larne in Co Antrim and was with 40 Commando based at Norton Manor Camp in Taunton, Somerset, at the time of the offences, pleaded guilty to preparation of terrorist acts between January 2011 and August last year, possessing images of bank cards for fraud and possessing cannabis with intent to supply.

Sentencing, Mr Justice Sweeney said: 'I'm sure that you were and will remain motivated by dissident republican sympathies and a hostility to the UK.'

Father-of-one Maxwell had researched 300 potential police, government and military targets before his plot was foiled when members of the public stumbled across his weapons hides by chance, the court heard.

His defence barrister had previously told the court Maxwell 'feared violence' on a daily basis as he grew up as a Catholic in his hometown of Larne.

In 2002, he was 'beaten by golf clubs, iron bars and hammers' and 'left for dead in a field' by loyalists.

A doctor's report said Maxwell had suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the immediate aftermath, which persisted into his 20s.

However a prosecutor said there was 'no direct evidence' Maxwell's offending was motivated by the beating.

Police still haven't found all the lethal devices constructed by Maxwell during his years of treachery in the ranks of the Royal Marines.

The Republican terrorist spy amassed an astonishing arsenal as he seemingly plundered military stores and ranges at will.

Only one other person has been arrested over the conspiracy and there are fears those who encouraged the bombmaker may never be brought to justice.

Mr Justice Sweeney told him he had betrayed his fellow marines.

He said Maxwell was 'prolific' in his production and 'part of the engineering department, if not the engineering department' of the Continuity IRA.

Maxwell had 100kgs of high explosives stored in Northern Ireland to create a bomb more deadly than the 'notorious Enniskillen' Remembrance Day bomb attack that killed 11 people in November 1987.

He constructed 14 pipe bombs, two anti-personnel claymore mines and had complied a hoard of other explosives and detonators.

The soldier had enough material build another 19 pipe bombs and enough high explosive to build a much larger 'significant' bomb.

Maxwell also had a library of documents relating to the construction and manufacture of explosive devices and terrorist tactics.

He stored his deadly arsenal in Devon and across County Antrim, and as a member of the armed forces, moved items freely between the two counties

His plans were unearthed when two of his hides were discovered by members of the public

What did Maxwell have in his 43 hides?

- 14 pipe bombs

- Two anti-personnel directional mines

- Two Explosively Formed Projectiles

- 29 complete firing systems

- 33 initiators

- 13 military 'Igniter Safety Fuze Electric' initiators

- Three fully constructed improvised detonators

- A non-firing replica handgun

- 397 rounds of ammunition subject to licensing conditions

- 137 blank rounds of ammunition

- Four British Army magazines

- 30 metres of detonating cord

- Five metres of green burning fuse,

- 10 Time and Power Units.

Documents found on a memory card included the IRA green book and a Mujahideen explosives handbook.

It also contained images of police stations, military bases and power stations marked with a blast radius graphic.

Maxwell, who was about to be promoted to Corporal when he was arrested, was at an advanced stage of his 'attack planning'.

He compiled maps, plans and lists of potential targets, as well as images of an adapted PSNI pass card and items of PSNI uniform, addresses of police officers, names of military staff, details of an MI5 member and of loyalists.

Maxwell kept a list of potential government and military targets in Northern Ireland and England in files labelled 'Operations' and 'Intel'.

He had downloaded names and addresses of police officers working in Ulster and had details on where British soldiers were stationed.

His wi-fi password was 'tiocfaidh1', a derivation of the Irish republican phrase 'tiocfaidh ar la', or 'our day will come'.

Items recovered from a hide in Northern Ireland showed Maxwell had a police vest +18
Items recovered from a hide in Northern Ireland showed Maxwell had a police vest

The Police Service of Northern Ireland have revealed one further arrest has been made but refused to disclose any other details of their further investigations.

One senior Scotland Yard officer said they cannot be 'absolutely certain' more of his weapons are not in the hands of Republican dissidents.

Commander Dean Hayden said there is no evidence he was 'deploying' the weapons, raising questions as to who he was supplying.

He said: 'So he was the bomb maker. And ended up in the hands of people, terrorists, that would have deployed them.

'We have seen no evidence that suggests he was certainly making himself available for hire.

'What we have seen, is we believe he was linked to violent dissident Republicans. They are still live investigations, and ongoing.'

Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Martin, of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, said some of the munitions held by Maxwell were 'very potent'.

Asked how many more are in the hands of dissidents, he said: 'We cannot be absolutely certain.

'But it is our assessment that what we have recovered is the overwhelming majority of materials that he hid.

'We think it is a possibility that a small number of additional items may have left the hides.'

Pressed on whether these could kill, he replied: 'Absolutely.'

Mr Martin refused to name which terrorist group Maxwell was supplying, sparking suspicions it was more than one.

'We are quite clear Ciaran Maxwell had a link to violent dissident republican groups in Northern Ireland,' he added,

'We are also quite clear that he assembled this array of ammunitions, knowing that it would subsequently be used for its intended purpose. And that is to cause harm, destruction, and potentially death.'

A box of ball bearings was recovered by police from a stash in Carnfunnock Country Park +18
A box of ball bearings was recovered by police from a stash in Carnfunnock Country Park

A pipe bomb recovered from a hide in Capanagh Forest shows what Maxwell was making +18
A pipe bomb recovered from a hide in Capanagh Forest shows what Maxwell was making

PSNI Detective Chief Inspector Gillian Kearney said Maxwell used his military know-how to accumulate and construct his devices, and described the infiltration of the military by a republican terrorist as 'very unusual' and 'certainly the first case of its kind in recent years'.

The investigation was launched by PSNI after discoveries in March and May 2016, at Carnfunnock Country Park and Capanagh Forest respectively, and police found a large amount of chemicals buried in barrels.

Maxwell was identified as the suspect after a DNA match, and SO15 became involved.

He was on the national database after his DNA was taken over another assault case, for which he wasn't prosecuted or convicted.

Police saw him visiting the Powderham New Plantation in Devon and identified 19 hides, and found bomb parts, chemical tools, electronic devices, handwritten notes and a small cannabis factory.

He also grew cannabis. Police released this image of him posing with his crop +18
He also grew cannabis. Police released this image of him posing with his crop

This note about his 'caches' was found in Powderham +18
Three apparent timers were also found in Capanagh Forest, Northern Ireland +18
This note (left) about his 'caches' was found in Powderham. Three apparent timers (right) were also found in Capanagh Forest, Northern Ireland

Commander Dean Hayden, of the Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism Command, said: 'On the various different digital devices - memory cards, phones and laptops - we found research in relation to explosives, which went all the way back to 2011. And also research on government and military police personnel and locations.'

They found copies of bank and identity cards Maxwell had copied and stolen from colleagues at his military base, which police believe was for raising money later on.

Cmdr Hayden said: 'Whilst his motives have never been made known, it's certainly an extremely large amount of dangerous items.

'Obviously we thank the public for their vigilance in bringing those items to our attention.'

He stole the ammunition and tools from his base at 40 Commando in Taunton and bought other material on Ebay and Amazon between January 2011 and August 2016 +18
He stole the ammunition and tools from his base at 40 Commando in Taunton and bought other material on Ebay and Amazon between January 2011 and August 2016

Bags of pipes which police believe were due to be used in more than 10 further bombes +18
Bags of pipes which police believe were due to be used in more than 10 further bombes

Police recovered cannabis plants and equipment to cultivate it, and in a locker at his work were electronic devices and a small amount of drugs.

Officers believed there were further items in Northern Ireland, particularly in the Larne area, so PSNI made further searches and found more chemicals and other items.

In total, investigators recovered 14 complete pipe bombs, two anti-personnel mines and two EFPs - explosive formed projectiles.

Cmdr Hayden explained: 'That is a bomb that when it detonates, it goes horizontally and can land on the sides of vehicles. It projects the shrapnel horizontally. It's specifically designed to target armoured vehicles.'

Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Martin added: 'That was first seen in Iraq and Afghanistan. It would be considered a very potent and lethal weapon.'

A copper bowl found in one of the hides was also due to be used in bombmaking +18
A copper bowl found in one of the hides was also due to be used in bombmaking

Police have released this image of Maxwell's locker at the Norton Manor Camp in Somerset +18
Police have released this image of Maxwell's locker at the Norton Manor Camp in Somerset

Police found 29 complete firing systems and 33 initiators, and enough material to make a further 19 pipe bombs, two anti-personnel land mines, one EFP, 34 firing systems and 76 initiators.

They recovered material to make three victim-operated torch IEDs - 'kind of almost booby traps', Cmdr Hayden said.

He added: 'If you went to switch it on, it would blow up in your hand.'

Maxwell claimed to have been forced into making bombs under pressure from Lehd and in fear for his family's safety after Lehd threatened to out him a Marine.

But he continued to build devices, make terror 'to do lists' and pushed on with his plans long after Lehd had been sent to prison.

Maxwell also claimed he hid the deadly material in so many locations, not to hide it from the police, but to keep it out of the IRA's hands.

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