Newcastle teen charged after failed bomb plot at local college

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A teenager has been charged on Thursday with possessing a pipe bomb, firearm and ammunition intended to ’cause serious harm’ after a failed bomb plot at a local college in Newcastle.

Liam Lyburd, 18, of Hamilton Place, Arthur’s Hill in Newcastle, has appeared at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court following a major police investigation which saw a housing estate near Newcastle United’s stadium cordoned off.

The suspect has been charged with possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life, possessing ammunition with intent to endanger life, and five counts of possessing an explosive substance, namely a pipe bomb, with intent to endanger life.

Police officers were called to the Arthur’s Hill area of the city on Monday after they received reports of concern regarding a man. The estate where he lives, near Newcastle United’s St James’ Park football stadium, was cordoned off and 50 homes were evacuated while police carried out searches on the night of November 3.

Northumbria Police has said: “The investigation to date has revealed that there was intent to cause serious harm at Newcastle College. We are confident that we have prevented the incident from taking place.”

No pleas were entered and Lyburd was remanded in custody. He is scheduled to appear before Newcastle Crown Court on November 20.

College students have been reassured it is safe to attend classes.

Principal Carole Kitching has also made a statement to “reassure staff, students and their families that their safety has been paramount to us and the college remains a safe place to study.”

Mr Kitching has also confirmed about the tight security of the place after the incident. All the precautionary measures for security and monitoring the area have been taken which include “an extensive network of CCTV cameras monitoring key areas inside buildings and across the campus” with “security staff” guarding the area 24 hours a day.

The renowned former students of the college include Ant and Dec, comedian Ross Noble, X Factor winner Joe McElderry and Perrie Edwards from Little Mix.

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