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Michael Piggin bomb plot trial hears of Loughborough attack plans

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Image caption The notebook shown to the court was emblazoned with swastikas and EDL mottos

A teenager accused of planning a "Columbine-style" massacre in his hometown kept a hit list of his alleged targets, a court has heard.

Prosecutors at the Old Bailey said Michael Piggin, 18, from Loughborough, kept a Che Guevara notebook with details of his targets.

He is alleged to have planned attacks on a mosque, cinema and his old school.

The teenager admitted having explosives found in his house but denies two charges under the Terrorism Act.

Prosecuting lawyer Max Hill QC said the notebook was emblazoned with Nazi swastikas and English Defence League (EDL) mottos.

In it Piggin, who has Asperger's Syndrome, wrote about testing explosives and pipe bombs as part of his attacks and complained about his life because he did not have a girlfriend or real friends.

He said the teenager's other potential targets included the town's council offices and Loughborough University.

On Wednesday the jury was shown petrol bombs, a crossbow, a machete and several air rifles that had been found in his bedroom by Leicestershire police officers in February last year.

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Image caption Michael Piggin denies two charges under the Terrorism Act

Other exhibits shown included a knife inscribed with a swastika and the words "blood and honour", pictures of a swastika flag hanging above Mr Piggin's bed and images of partially assembled pipe bombs.

The jury was told that as police arrived at his home in Beaumont Road, Shelthorpe, Mr Piggin handed over two knives and told officers he had been "experimenting".

Mr Piggin denies a charge of possessing items for the purpose or preparation of an act of terrorism and having a document containing information likely to be useful for committing or preparing an act of terrorism.

The court heard the defendant and two other teenagers, who cannot be named, have already pleaded guilty to charges of possessing petrol bombs and component parts of pipe bombs for the use of explosive devices.

The trial continues.

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Image caption Several air rifles, a crossbow and a swastika flag were found by police in Michael Piggin's bedroom
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Image caption Michael Piggin has already pleaded guilty to possessing petrol bombs and component parts of pipe bombs

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