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Heathfield man admits having explosives at his home

A man accused of terror charges has admitted possessing explosives at his home "to make fireworks".

Benjamin Harris pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to two counts of having an explosive substance and one count of making an explosive substance.

The carpenter, 30, of Highcroft Crescent, Heathfield, East Sussex, changed his plea ahead of his trial.

Prosecutors have asked for charges of possessing information likely to be useful for terrorism to lie on file.

Police found fuses and chemicals for making fireworks at Harris's home in March 2013.

'Psychological issues'

Offices also discovered a USB stick containing manuals, text books and other documents relating to explosives.

William Hays, prosecuting, said: "The Crown accepts what was taking place at his house, was he was manufacturing explosives for the purposes of making fireworks."

He asked for the terrorism charges, which Harris denies, to lie on file, saying it would not be in the public interest to pursue a trial.

Kieran Vaughan QC, defending, said: "He is a young man of 30 years of age and he has some psychological issues."

Harris, who previously pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety rules and possessing cannabis, is expected to be sentenced on 5 June.

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