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Bedfordshire man denies building IED

A man has appeared in court charged with making explosive substances.

Harry Whittaker, 31, of Bedfordshire, denied three counts of unlawfully creating a "nitrate-based low-explosive composition such as the explosive substance black powder".

He appeared at the Old Bailey in London on Tuesday (18 June) via video link.

Whittaker pleaded not guilty to unlawfully making an improvised explosive device (IED).

Westminster Magistrates' Court was told at an earlier hearing that chemicals were found in a shed at his home on 6 May.

The Metropolitan Police said previously that the items discovered were being safely identified and removed by specialist officers.

Mr Whittaker remains in custody, with a trial at the Old Bailey set to begin in December.

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