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UK police have no idea why woman had grenades, explosives and bullets

Crime WorldBy Sunday World
Hand grenades found at the women's home
Hand grenades found at the women's home
Pistol clips found at the woman's home
Pistol clips found at the woman's home
Ammunition found at the woman's home
Ammunition found at the woman's home
Ammunition found at the woman's home
Ammunition found at the woman's home

A woman who stored improvised hand grenades, other explosive materials and 2,000 rounds of ammunition in her house has been jailed for three years.

Police confirmed that Heather Exley, 44, was jailed at Leeds Crown Court on Monday.

They said her hoarding of the explosives posed a clear danger to a residential area but they still do not know what her motivation was for storing the items.

The North East Counter Terrorism Unit said officers attended Exley's home in Penn Drive, Liversedge, West Yorkshire, in April 2014 as part of a drugs inquiry.

They found hundreds of rounds of ammunition - including cartridges, hollow point bullets and soft nose bullets - improvised hand grenades, partially constructed hand grenades, improvised detonators, the explosive PETN and other explosive material.

Specialists searched the house for a number of days following the initial discovery.

Exley was charged with 10 offences under the Explosives Act and three offences under the Firearms Act and pleaded guilty to all the offences in November last year.

Detective Chief Superintendent Clive Wain, head of the North East Counter Terrorism Unit, said: "I hope today's outcome at court sends a message to the public that the possession of highly volatile chemicals and explosives is not only extremely dangerous but is also likely to constitute a serious criminal offence.

"Exley had stored these chemicals and explosives in a house in a well-populated residential area and there is no knowing what might have happened had they been ignited, either accidentally or deliberately.

"It is still not clear what Exley's motives were for obtaining the chemicals, or possessing large quantities of ammunition without the appropriate certification. Whether it was a fascination with explosives and firearms, or her intention was more concerning, thankfully the items were removed before any further steps could be taken."