A BOURNEMOUTH man has been put behind bars for terrorism offences after his phone contained content relating to the manufacturing of a bomb.

Robert Gregory, 24, had his mobile phone seized back in April 2019 after concerns were raised about searches that had been made on the device.

A detailed review of his mobile phone revealed that instructional videos on the manufacture of a small explosive device and an electronic timer had been viewed, or otherwise accessed.

This activity took place on April 13 and the phone was seized 13 days later.

Gregory, of Bournemouth, was charged and pleaded guilty to two charges contrary to section 58(1)(c) of the Terrorism Act 2000.

These were that he viewed, or otherwise accessed, by means of the internet a document or record containing information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.

He entered the guilty pleas at Winchester Crown Court on Thursday, April 1, 2021, and was sentenced at the same court today.

Judge Jane Miller QC jailed Gregory for four-and-a-half years and made him subject to an extended licence period for a further six years.

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He will also be subject to a terrorism notification order, which means he will be closely monitored for a period of 30 years.

Detective Inspector Dave Lennane, of Counter Terrorism South West, said: “We will always act on concerns raised and will thoroughly investigate each case to determine whether any offences have been committed.

“However, counter terrorism policing cannot protect our society on its own. We need everyone to be alert to signs that somebody might be getting drawn to looking at material that could ultimately lead to people being harmed.

“Friends and family are usually best placed to spot the signs, so trust your instincts and tell us your concerns in confidence. We can help if you act early. You won't be wasting our time and you won’t ruin lives, but you might save them.”

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