Teenage time bomb

Knuckle-dusters, knives, baseball bats, live bullets and an explosive device powerful enough to blow up a car.

This was the terrifying cache of weapons and explosives found in the bedroom and garden shed of a 14-year-old Chorley schoolboy.

Police even found newspaper cuttings about two boys who were acquitted of planning to blow up their school in Tameside, Manchester.

On Monday the teenager, now aged 15, wore his school uniform in the dock at Preston Youth Court as he was sentenced a 12-month supervision order for possession of ammunition and making an explosive device.

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, claimed he was trying to make poison to kill rats.

Ian Dacre, defending, said that despite the outcome of the trial, the teenager, who admitted possession of ammunition, continued to deny that he was trying to make an explosive device.

He added: “He was only just 14 at the time of these offences. What it exhibited in him was little more than naivety or recklessness.

“In one sense, one might say it shows something of an inquiring mind – although we would not want him to inquire any further than he has done.

“He was an experimenting youth and did not realise the seriousness.”

For the full story, see this week’s Chorley Guardian.