Bomb man loses bid to cut jail sentence

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A WIGAN man who was jailed for manufacturing home-made bombs which were found in public places has failed in a Court of Appeal challenge to his sentence.

Trevor Shawcross, 52, of Green Lane, Hindley Green, was jailed for five years at Liverpool Crown Court last July after he was convicted of 19 counts of making explosives.

Many of the devices - made out of fireworks wrapped in tape - were found at the home of another man, but four were recovered from public places, including next to a fire door at Tyldesley’s Lidl store, on a footpath off West Bank Street, in a Focus DIY store car park and behind a wall.

Although the bombs were manufactured with lawful products, some of them had been made more dangerous by the addition of coins and a gas cannister. All required the attendance of bomb disposal experts.

Shawcross complained that his sentence was too long. The devices had not been sophisticated and no damage had been caused. But Mr Justice Nicol said the offences had caused “enormous” disruption to the town and rejected the appeal.