Nazi-obsessed Cambridge grad found with bomb manual vowed to ‘go on a spree’

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A racist Cambridge graduate has been jailed after downloading a notorious bomb manual, talking about "going on a spree" and spreading anti-Semitic hate speech.

Oliver Bel of Salford, has been jailed for two years after he was found to have the "anarchist cookbook", which contains instructions on how to make a bomb.

The 24-year-old, who has Asperger's Syndrome, posted racist messages online, where he sympathised with the Nazis and made anti-Semitic comments. He had also been seen wearing a Nazi mask.

Manchester Crown Court also heard that he described homosexuality as "perverse" and in a WhatsApp chat said "kill all n*****s".

On Facebook, Bel said he felt like going "on a spree", reports ManchesterEveningNews.

The judge claimed that Bel, who has been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, can "exploit" his condition "when it suits" and described him as "highly manipulative".

"The real worry in your case was that your conduct might have the effect of encouraging others of extreme mindset to take an extreme course," Judge Alan Conrad QC told Manchester Crown Court.

Bel, who graduated from Cambridge University's Pembroke College after reading mathematics, was found guilty of possessing a document containing information useful to terrorism after a trial.

"Your pronouncements were abhorrent to all right-thinking people, as were the vile messages that you kept on your mobile telephone, a device that you did not want the police to have and deceitfully attempted to conceal," the judge said.

"I emphasise that I am not punishing you for your political views, which, however repellent, were views that you are entitled to hold, provided that the line into criminality is not crossed."

Bel refused to wear a Covid mask in court on medical grounds, which the judge shunned since the defendant had been photographed wearing a Nazi mask.

In one post, Bel had described Jews as "parasites" and said "extermination is the best option' for them".

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During a search of the property, Bel told officers he had the anarchist cookbook which contained bomb making instructions.

The Anarchist Cookbook, first published in 1971, is a book containing instructions for the manufacture of explosives, rudimentary telecommunications phreaking devices, and related weapons, as well as instructions for the home manufacture of illicit drugs, including LSD. It was written by William Powell to protest against United States involvement in the Vietnam War.

Bel came to the attention of the Counter Terrorism Unit in Cambridge, after his tutor reported anti-Semitic comments he posted online.

He had meetings with police under the Prevent programme, but his behaviour continued.

His barrister Abigail Bright had appealed for Bel to be spared jail, but the judge said the case was too serious.

The court was told the probation service found he had a "complete lack of understanding" of the seriousness of his actions.

"Sadly the signs do no bode well at the moment for your rehabilitation," Judge Conrad said.

Bel, of Eccles Old Road, Salford, received a two year sentence, with an additional one year on licence.

Following the hearing, Superintendent Will Chatterton, Counter Terrorism Policing North West, said: "Although Bel pleaded not guilty to the charges, the evidence presented to the court by the investigations team lead to him being jailed and I hope this shows the determination we have to eradicate this type of extremely dangerous terrorist activity.

"We are committed to bringing anyone who poses a risk to our communities to justice and I would urge the public to report any concerns they have of suspicious behaviour to us straight away.

"Reporting won’t ruin lives, but it could save them."

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