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Liam Lyburd

Liam Lyburd has admitted nine charges relating to making five pipe bombs

Where is the sensationalist mass media coverage  in response to this revenge plotter.

Where was he radicalized?


A man planned mass murder at his former college and a shooting spree on the Tyne and Wear Metro after building up an arsenal of weapons, a court heard.

Liam Lyburd, 19, admitted nine charges relating to making five pipe bombs on the first day of his trial.

But he denies eight charges of possessing the items with an intent to endanger life.

Newcastle Crown Court heard he told police he intended to “shoot a bunch of people” and blow up Newcastle College.

‘Kill bag’

The jury heard a document found on his computer read “people will die”.

Prosecutor Nick Dry told the court that following concerns raised about posts he had made on Facebook in November under the name Felix Burns, police went to the house on Hamilton Place, Newcastle, where he lived with his mother and sister and searched his room.

Officers found items including a black handgun and canisters of CS gas, along with a black “kill bag” which contained a balaclava, safety glasses, elbow and knee pads and a number of pipe bombs with nails taped around them.

Laughing as he was transported to the police station, after being arrested, he told detectives that it had been a “fantasy that he had no intention of carrying out”, the court heard.

The jury was told Investigations revealed images of Mr Lyburd he had taken of himself dressed for combat, armed with a Glock and brandishing a knife.

Detectives also found conversations he had on Skype with a girl in Iceland in which he spoke of his desire to kill and had referenced Norwegian killer Anders Breivik, as well as Jaylen Fryberg who shot high school five students in the United States.

He also discussed shooting commuters on the Tyne and Wear Metro system, saying he would be on “Valium at the time, and how he would resort to using his machete if the gun jammed”, the court heard.

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  • The greenmantle

    Do you want a list ?

  • The greenmantle

    latest news found guilty court rejects suggestion he was only pretending byebye nutter

    Sir David

  • Reynardine

    Hell, Mindy, it’s getting worse:

  • The greenmantle

    Although to be fair it is posted on that little known News site- the BBC 🙂 I am sure it would have got more attention if it had been in London 🙂

    Sir David

  • Alejandro Rodríguez

    I know what happened. He ate halal food! This person confirms that food has special brainwashing properties!

  • Bill

    Compare and contrast:

    That’s a genuine teenage fantasist, wasting time on the interweb by corresponding with someone on the other side of the planet (why not someone in the same town – why was this never asked in court?) about how the other person, on the other side of the planet, might carry out his daydream of physically overcoming a soldier in front of everyone during a parade. This is “terrorism”, to the media and to the courts, although nobody involved went so far as to buy a junior chemistry set from a toyshop…

  • Reynardine

    Well, so it isn’t just US…

  • mindy1

    :O what is wrong with these people

  • Joe Sixpack

    Will he be sent off for extraordinary rendition? Will he undergo “enhanced” interrogation, the same way Binyam Mohamed was interrogated with a scalpel? Will he be rectally hydrated? Waterboarded? The authorities need to find out what else he is hiding. In today’s modern-day world, it’s perfectly acceptable to use a scalpel, waterboard, and rectal hydration to interrogate suspects in custody.

  • Lynchpin

    Further to your first line ‘Where is the sensationalist mass media coverage…’ I’m originally from that area and speak to family up there on a daily basis – this is the first I’ve heard about it, and I would have thought that they’d have mentioned it if they’d known about it. Very pertinent as several friends and family use the metro frequently.
    Thanks for alerting me to this Loonwatch.

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