Vladimir Aust (29/09/1995) has been sentenced to two years in prison at Newcastle Crown Court this afternoon (Friday October 17, 2014).
Aust pleaded guilty to the Manufacture of an explosive substance, contrary to section 4(1) of the Explosive Substances Act 1883, after substances were discovered at a Newcastle University Student Accommodation Campus in June 2014.
The charges follow an investigation by the North East Counter Terrorism Unit and Northumbria Police.
A second 19 year old man, arrested in connection with the investigation in June, has since been released without charge.
Statement from DetectiveÂ Chief Superintendent Ian Wilson, Head of the North East Counter Terrorism Unit
“Vladimir Aust clearly had a growing fascination with chemicals and manufacturing them into explosives.
“A large amount of differing and concerning substances were discovered not just from his own room in the University accommodation but within communal areas.
“Some of the items recovered are classed as potentially volatile and therefore could have put those within the vicinity at risk.
“Although there is no evidence or indication what Aust planned to do with the items he manufactured, the hours he spent researching and working on them is of great concern.
“It is thanks to University staff raising and reporting their concerns that local police intervened and Aust could not take his obsession any further.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the University, students and local community for their understanding and patience during what was no doubt a concerning time for them.
“If anyone has any concerns about the behaviour or actions of someone they know or have come into contact with then please contact your local police or confidentially via the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.”
Statement from Assistant Chief Constable Jo Farrell, Northumbria Police:
“This was undoubtedly a worrying time for staff and students at Newcastle University whose safety was always our priority as well as that of the general public. I once again thank everyone for the patience they showed throughout.
“The public should be reassured that incidents of this nature are rare, but where we are faced with them, we respond professionally and effectively to them.
“Northumbria Police’s priority is always to protect the public from harm and to take all necessary steps to achieve this.”