BNP man Terrance Gavan jailed over cache of arms at Batley home
Jan 16 2010 Huddersfield Daily Examiner
A BNP member who spent a decade building up a cache of weapons in a bedroom hideaway in Kirklees has been jailed for 11 years.
Bus driver Terrance Gavan, 39, manufactured highly dangerous firearms and explosives at the home where he lived with his mother in Batley.
But when police raided the house, they discovered 54 improvised explosive devices including nail bombs and a booby-trapped cigarette packet at the address, as well as 12 firearms.
The former soldier told detectives that he had “a fascination with things that go bang”, the Old Bailey heard.
But Gavan also had a “strong hostility” towards immigrants and planned to target an address he had seen on a television programme that he believed was linked to the July 7 bomb attacks in London.
He told police he was a BNP member and letters to him from the party, as well as a copy of its magazine Hope and Glory, were found at his home.
The court heard that hand-written notebooks were found, in one of which was written the slogan: “The patriot must always be ready to defend his country against enemies and their governments.”
Gavan pleaded guilty to 22 counts including collecting information useful for terrorism and possessing explosives and firearms.
Gavan was born on October 21, 1970. He grew up in Batley, attending local schools.
He had been working as a bus driver in the West Yorkshire area up until the time of his arrest.