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Burnham man pleads guilty to explosives charges

Phillip Leonard, Burnham-on-Sea
Image caption Phillip Leonard's activities led to homes being evacuated after a police raid

A man has admitted making explosives found at a house in Burnham-on-Sea in January.

Philip Leonard, 36, pleaded guilty to four charges at a hearing, at Taunton Crown Court, and was remanded in custody.

Leonard, of Beatty Way, carried out his activities between 31 December 2011 and 21 January 2012.

About 30 people were evacuated from their homes and a cordon was set up after a police raid in the street.

'Serious injury risk'

Leonard's defence lawyer told the court he did not have any malicious motive and had not intended to use the explosives to cause damage or injury.

After the raid, police set up a 100m cordon evacuated the properties when they discovered chemicals at Leonard's home.

Explosives experts have said what he had made could have caused serious injury and damage to properties within a 50m radius.

Leonard was remanded in custody while pre-sentence reports are prepared.

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