Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Terror in a Suburban Idyll

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Terror in a Suburban Idyll

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Carl Barnsley lived in a modern detached home flanked by luxury mock Tudor houses with neat gardens ( and turned his bedroom into an armoury and huge computer library on violence and terrorism.

When police arrested him he told them he was a loner and confessed that he had been stupid.

But after 16 hours of questioning police still had no evidence to back his claims that he had launched his obsession to sell a story to newspapers and bought gas powered air pistols to profit on their sale when they became illegal later this year.

Barnsley, who appeared in the dock yesterday dressed in a dark suit, white shirt and tie, with his hair tightly cropped, always maintained it was money that had motivated him ( not plans of violence.

But Judge Esmond Faulks said the claim was misleading because Barnsley had spent more than he had hoped to recoup in collecting his armaments.

Barnsley, 24, educated at Boldon Comprehensive School and later a science student at Sunderland University, shared his home with his parents Susan and Allan.

Unknown to them he spent hours in his bedroom, at the house in Fareham Grove, Boldon Colliery, searching the web for sites which Robin Patton, prosecuting, said yesterday were of a "sinister" nature. And he used the internet to buy ammunition and build himself a cache of guns, some of which he was in the process of converting in his bedroom workshop to fire live ammunition.

His mother and father clutched each others hands as they heard their son sentenced.

Mr Patton suggested Barnsley was either a fantasist or Walter Mitty character but Robert Woodcock, defending, told the court he was no terrorist, even though he had hoarded manuals on al-Qaida terrorists and bomb-making in his u200,000-plus home, built less than a decade ago.

After the hearing, his parents did not want to talk about his activities. …

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