A BOMB-MAKER is facing jail after admitting keeping an arsenal of home-made weapons at his Batley home.

Terence Gavan, 38, made and stockpiled 54 nail and ball bearing bombs between May 1999 and May this year, a court was told.

He also manufactured homemade shotguns, pen guns and pistols at his home in Colbeck Terrace, Batley.

Police found Gavan also had ammunition, a manual on boobytraps, an improvised munitions handbook and a copy of The Anarchists Cookbook 4.

He admitted 22 charges, including six under the Terrorism Act, when he appeared at Woolwich Crown Court.

The Judge, Mr Justice Calvert-Smith QC adjourned sentence until January and remanded Gavan in custody.

Gavan was arrested, following a West Yorkshire police operation, at his home in Colbeck Terrace on May 21.

He admitted four counts of making explosives over a 10-year period between May 1999 and May this year.

These were four improvised explosive devices (IEDs) incorporating ball bearings, 21 IEDs with nails, two ‘victim-operated’ IEDs with nails and a further 28 explosives classified as IEDs.

Gavan also pleaded guilty to the possession of these items on the day of the raid.

He also admitted three counts of manufacturing prohibited weapons. In all, police found nine home-made or converted firearms at the property.

These were a .22 ME9 para air-cartridge pistol, an 8mm blank-cartridge, pistol, a home-made .22 rimfire single shotgun, two home-made .22 rimfire pen gun, a .22 single shot pistol.

There were also two home-made pistols and one home-made shotgun fitted with silencers or sound moderators.

The court was told that between December 31, 2005, and February 22 this year Gavan had re-activated a British Service No.4 Mark I rifle. Also found in his home were two Brocock revolver gas guns.

In all Gavan admitted four counts of possession of prohibited weapons.

Also in the weapons arsenal were three 8mm cartridges, 38 .22 rimfire cartridges, a Fiocchi .22 shot bolt cartridge, eight home-made .45 auto bolted cartridges, 12 .22 cartridges, a further 32 home-made cartridges and nine home-loaded .310 cadet calibre rifle cartridges.

Gavan admitted six charges of possession of documents containing information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, under section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

These were books entitled ‘Booby- traps’, ‘Improvised Weapons Manual’, ‘Guerilla Warfare and Special Forces Operations 1961’ and two PDF files including the Anarchists Cookbook volume four.

Gavan was remanded in custody to be sentenced at the Old Bailey on January 15.

He admitted four counts of making explosives between May 20 1999 and May 22 2009 and four counts of possessing explosives on May 21 this year.

Gavan further admitted two counts of manufacturing prohibited weapons between the same dates and two counts of possession of prohibited weapons on May 21; one count of manufacturing prohibited weapons between December 31 2005 and May 22 this year and two further counts of possession of prohibited weapons on May 21.

He also pleaded guilty to one count of possession of ammunition without certificate and six counts of possession of documents containing information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, under section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000.