Tyne & Wear

Newcastle man charged after college pipe bomb plot 'foiled'

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Media captionPrincipal Carole Kitching said she wanted "to reassure staff, to reassure students that... it's perfectly safe to be here"

A plot to cause "serious harm" at a college on Tyneside has been foiled, police have said.

A teenager was arrested after homemade explosives were discovered in a house in Hamilton Place, Newcastle on Monday.

Liam Lyburd, 18, charged with seven offences, including possessing an explosive substance, has been remanded by magistrates in North Tyneside.

Northumbria Police said they were confident intent to cause serious harm at Newcastle College had been stopped.

Newcastle College said Mr Lyburd had been a student at the college for about five weeks during 2012 on a general studies course.

Principal Carole Kitching said: "I would like to reassure staff, students and their families that their safety has been paramount to us and the college remains a safe place to study.

"Officers will be on patrol around the campus to offer reassurance and anyone who is concerned can speak to an officer or contact the college's welfare team.

"People should attend the college as usual."

My Lyburd, of Hamilton Place, has been charged with possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life, possessing ammunition with intent to endanger life, and five counts of possessing an explosive substance, namely a pipe bomb, with intent to endanger life.

On discovery of the weapons on Monday, about 50 people were evacuated from their homes.

Mr Lyburd will appear at Newcastle Court on 20 November.

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