Salford man facing IRA terror charges

16 May 2018, 13:58 | Updated: 16 May 2018, 14:00

Old Bailey

An alleged IRA sympathiser from Salford has appeared in court accused of possessing terrorist documents including one called the Poor Man's James Bond.

Christopher Partington, 33, is accused of collecting information about making explosives as well as an IRA manual on his mobile phone.

He appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Wednesday charged with seven counts of possessing documents useful for the purposes of terrorism between February 19 and May 1 this year, under Section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

Partington, from Little Hulton, in Manchester, spoke to confirm his name, date of birth and that he is British before indicating that he intends to enter not guilty pleas to all of the charges.

He is alleged to have had electronic documents, including "the IRA Green Book", which contains instructions on how to wage guerrilla warfare.

Titles of other documents, which are contained in court charges, include How To Make Black Powder And Other Explosives, Improvised Munitions Handbook, FM5-31 Boobytrap, and Amateur Pyrotechnics By Dan Williams.

The alleged collection also included two volumes of the Poor Man's James Bond, which contain information about explosives, weapons, unarmed combat, poisons, and boobytraps.

Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot remanded Partington, who has previously worked as a labourer and a builder, in custody.

He will next appear at the Old Bailey on June 8.