Newcastle College bomb plot accused in court

A teenager accused of plotting to blow up Newcastle College has appeared in court.

Liam Lyburd, aged 18, of Hamilton Place, Newcastle, appeared in front of magistrates in North Tyneside today charged with offences in relation to possession of a gun and pipe bombs.

He was charged last night with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, possession of ammunition with intent to endanger life and five counts of possessing an explosive substance, namely a pipe bomb, with intent to endanger life.

Police said they had identified an “intent to cause serious harm at Newcastle College”.

Lyburd, who spoke only to confirm his details, was remanded in custody and will appear at Newcastle Crown Court on November 20.

See edition 117 of FE Week, dated Monday November 10, for more information including the principal’s comment.