Horden bomb man loses appeal

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A MAN who tried to make a bomb in front of police officers after youths egged his home has failed to clear his name.

At Durham Crown Court last September Nicholas Albert Smith was handed a suspended sentence after being found guilty of trying to make an explosive substance with intent.

The 54-year-old, of Twelfth Street, Horden, yesterday challenged his conviction at London’s Criminal Appeal Court.

Lawyers argued it was “unsafe” because a confession was obtained without a solicitor or appropriate adult present.

But the appeal was dismissed by judges, who said he had consulted his solicitor and been examined by a doctor before making his statement, and that his conviction was “safe”.

The incident arose after Smith had had “had enough” of being harassed by youths in the area.

Officers saw Smith grating soap into a pan, before pouring in lighter fluid. He said he was “making a bomb” when they asked what he was doing.