‘Neo-Nazi’ farmer, 58, who owned manual for making nerve gas and a book titled ‘How Terrorists Kill’ wanted to kill Remainers with cyanide after being ‘frustrated over Brexit,’ court hears
- Officers found arsenal of explosives and chemicals at home of Russell Wadge
- Anti terror police raided house on Baglan Farm in Trimsaran, Carmarthenshire
- Court was told the 58-year-old planned to use chemicals to ‘attack Remainers’
- He denies 28 charges of possessing explosive devices and chemical weapons
A suspected neo-Nazi farmer wanted to ‘kill Remainers’ with cyanide after being ‘frustrated over Brexit,’ a court heard today.
Russell Wadge, 58, allegedly stored the poison in his fridge and was found with an arsenal of weapons, including grenades and mines, and instructions on how to make nerve gas.
The lethal haul was found when police raided Wadge’s country home and he ‘planned to use the chemicals to attack Remainers’, Newport Crown Court heard.
Counter-terrorism police raided his home in the quiet village of Trimsaran, Carmarthenshire, in June last year.
A court heard Russell Wadge, 58, stored poison in the fridge next to his ginger beer at his Carmarthenshire country home which was discovered during a raid by anti-terrorism police
He was also allegedly found with an arsenal of weapons, including grenades and mines, and instructions on how to make nerve gas
Wadge was also found to have interests in white supremacy and the English Defence League and owned a book titled How Terrorists Kill, the court heard
Wadge was found with an arsenal of weapons, including grenades and mines, at his home
Wadge was also found to have interests in white supremacy and the English Defence League and owned a book titled How Terrorists Kill, jurors were told.
But he claimed he did not have any extremist views and was just a chemicals enthusiast because ‘Explosives are fun.’
Newport Crown Court heard Wadge also has a property in Portugal containing chemicals including hydrogen cyanide.
Prosecutor Tom Little QC told the jury Wadge was not ‘misunderstood’ but was ‘dangerous’, adding: ‘We say the case against the defendant is clear when you strip away the smoke, the white powder, the phosphorous, and his bluster and fobbing off and attempts to claim he has been misunderstood.
‘The world he frequented wasn’t just unusual, weird, and wacky, it was ultimately dangerous and unlawful. Something was going on behind closed doors that he doesn’t want you to know about.’
Wadge claimed he had notes for nerve gas because he liked a ‘challenge’ figuring calculations out.
Counter-terrorism police found an arsenal of explosives and large stocks of poison after raiding the country home of Russell Wadge, 58, on Baglan Farm in Trimsaran, Carmarthenshire
Some of the chemical substances found at Russell Wadge’s country home in Carmarthenshire
Giving evidence, he said: ‘I have an interest in nerve agents – they are toxic which is interesting. Explosives are interesting, because they blow things up. It’s interesting.’
Wadge claimed he had not realised that the law changed in 2016 to ban people from owning cyanides.
He said he had his stash for 25 years so ‘was not going to use them for a terrorist attack’.
The jury heard internet searches showed significant interest in the white supremacist terror attack in New Zealand in 2019.
When questioned by police, married father Wadge said he did not believe in any extremism and had a ‘keen interest’ in chemistry.
Defending Paul Hynes QC said Wadge was an ‘extraordinary enthusiast’.
He said: ‘The prosecution say it’s about the B word. That was the best they could do – it’s all about Brexit.’
Pictured: A police officer on scene after a man was found with explosives in his home
Officers discovered ingredients to make the ‘very dangerous explosive’ called triacetone triperoxide TATP – as used in the Manchester Arena bombing.
Boxes of grenades, mines and scale drawings of a KGB weapon to deploy hydrogen cyanide were also discovered.
Wadge allegedly told police: ‘If it’s dodgy or poison, I love it.’
Wadge denies 28 charges of possessing explosive devices and chemical weapons.
He admitted five charges of unlawful possession of poisonous chemicals without a licence. The trial continues.