Home Explosives Maker Jailed after Police Raid

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Home Explosives Maker Jailed after Police Raid
Calvin Gatford Credit: Lincolnshire Police

A LINCOLNSHIRE home explosives maker has been jailed after Police raided his city centre flat and found dangerous explosives.

Lincoln Crown Court have jailed a man after the police raid revealed a haul of lethal explosives in the Lincoln based ground floor flat. Calvin Gatford, aged 50 was found to have a series of unstable chemicals at his home and was described to the court as having an interest in pyrotechnics and rockets. The defence for Gatford claimed that he had no desire to harm people, and was just irresponsible.

Police raided the first floor flat where Gatford lived in Clasket House on Clasketgate, in Lincoln in February 2020, and found a worrying amount of explosive materials. Due to the explosive nature of the contents of the flat the Army bomb squad had to be called in.

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During sentencing Judge Simon Hirst told Gatford that, “This was a flat in a multi storey complex. The HMTD was capable of causing serious injury or even death if initiated close to someone. For someone close by the potential for harm was significant.

“In your case your intention, as accepted by the prosecution, was out of curiosity and interest.”

Gatford was sentenced to 30 months in jail and Lincolnshire police’s Investigating Officer DC Nial Evans said, “Calvin Gatford had an alarming interest in experimenting with dangerous chemicals and producing explosives, some of which were highly sensitive.


“Gatford conducted these experiments within his kitchen in a block of flats and it was only by pure luck that there wasn’t a large explosion causing serious injury or even death.

“The length of this sentence reflects the seriousness of this offence.”


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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Bloke sounds like a maniac. Or this story is highly exaggerated. The total explosive power was in fact less than a £20.00 box of fireworks and not stored in the flat actually in a brick shed outside. But let’s not facts distract from a good story.

    • According to a statement from Lincoln Police “The Army EOD team were deployed to attend the address and examined the flat during which they found a number of devices. Two suspected Improvised Explosive Devises (IEDs) were destroyed in a controlled explosion.”

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