Two homegrown terrorists made separate appearances before the court charged with being in possession of an explosive substance for an unlawful purpose.
The 22 chemical components recovered by police are believed to be the largest haul ever found at a house in this country.
Mrs Christiana Buchanan, who appeared for the prosecution in the case, alleged the pair had ?some kind of masterplan?.
She said a search of one of the defendant’s home had uncovered rocket launchers, chemicals, extremist literature and a nuclear biological suit.
Nelson BNP councillor Brian Parkinson said: “I am very shocked and surprised to hear this. ”
Neighbours said they were shocked by the police swoop. Corinne West, 22, of Talbot Street, said: “The police came to my door at 7pm on Friday night asking if I had seen anything suspicious. They wouldn’t tell me anything which was quite worrying.”
Aaron Haworth, 23, who lives next door but one with his partner Marie and two children, added: “The police have been here since Thursday and we are still none the wiser as to what’s happened.
“It’s ridiculous really. I have two young children and if there is bomb making equipment at the house I want to know about it because I have my children’s safety to think about. There’s been all sorts of rumours flying around, I don’t know why the police are being so cagey, that’s what’s making everyone so worried.”
Another neighbour, who lives across the road, but who asked not to be named, said of one of the defendants: “I know him to talk to. He’s always very polite and stops to talk to his mum who lives on the same road and she’s very nice too.”
On Thursday neighboroughs were told to stay inside and stay away from the windows which left them all wondering what on earth was going on. “They arrested him from the back door and it was strange because the officers had a key to get in the front but from the way they went in it looked as though they thought it might have been booby-trapped. It took them about 10 minutes just to get through the door.”
Sounds like a serious terror plot, Asians, Pakistanis, Muslims, Ay-rabs spring to mind but these were two middle-aged white non-Muslim men, ex-BNP, but this is not sexy news and so we won’t hear it on the BBC, SKY, FOX, CNN etc