Man found with home-made bomb jailed

Ricky Anderson was sentenced to five years in prison and also given a five year serious crime prevention order

Ricky Anderson, Credit: Met Police

A man who was found with a makeshift bomb at his Woodford Green home has been sentenced to five years in prison. 

Ricky Anderson, 45, of Beechwood Drive, Woodford Green, was also given a five year serious crime prevention order last Thursday (9th May) at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

Anderson first came to the attention of police when they were called to reports of a disturbance at an address on Beechwood Drive on 27th September 2022. As MyLondon reports, Anderson allegedly told a woman to open her front door before pushing her into an alleyway, where he threatened to put her in a box.

He attempted to run away from arriving police officers but was quickly detained. Officers searching him then recovered two blank rounds of ammunition, while a firearms recovery dog located a loaded gun nearby.

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At his address, officers seized explosive powder that was inside what police say was a potentially explosive device, as well as approximately 80 rounds of ammunition, fireworks and chemicals.

At a police interview Anderson claimed that he had found the makeshift explosive device and was intending to dismantle it. 

A gun belonging to Anderson that was recovered by police, Credit: Met Police

Inspector Matt Freeman of the Metropolitan Police’s Trident and Area Command said:  “Anderson is a dangerous individual. While we can’t know what his motivations were, we do know that he had equipped himself to do harm using a number of potentially lethal methods.

“It was sheer luck that the chemicals he was using didn’t cause an explosion that could have damaged the surrounding homes and occupants.

“Information from the public is key to helping us do our job effectively and I would urge anyone to contact police if they suspect someone is involved in criminality.”

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