Two-year suspended prison sentence for irresponsible home chemist

Grimsby Crown Court

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Conviction follows discovery of explosive precursors that led to evacuation of homes in Yorkshire

Self-proclaimed experimentalist Gert Meyers received a 24-month suspended sentence on 28 June for a number of offences concerning the possession of dangerous chemicals without a licence.

The 61-year-old chemical engineer pleaded guilty to possessing 700mg of explosives precursor sodium nitrate and breaching an existing criminal behaviour order banning him from buying or attempting to buy any chemicals regulated under the 1972 Poisons Act.