Leeds prisoner sent explosives to lawyers from maximum security jail

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A Maximum security prisoner from Leeds has been condemned by police for posting crude explosive devices and racist letters to solicitors in West Yorkshire.

Jamie Snow, 27, from Chapeltown, and fellow inmate Bret Atkins, 23, sent a series of threatening letters from HMP Full Sutton near York which police say were “designed to instil fear in their recipients”.

Officers from the North East Counter Terrorism Unit were alerted to what they were doing by prison officers after they intercepted a letter bound for Halifax which contained an incendiary device.

A jury at Leeds Crown Court found Atkins, from Humberside, guilty of conspiracy to send an explosive substance with intent.

Snow, who was jailed for 11 years for armed robbery in 2009, admitted sending an explosive substance with intent and two offences of threats to kill. They will be sentenced in September.

Detective Chief Superintendent Ian Wilson of the North East Counter Terrorism Unit said: “Bret Atkins and Jamie Snow waged a campaign of hate against innocent people, choosing victims purely on the grounds of their race or religion.

“They expressed deeply racist and anti-Muslim views and sent a series of threatening letters, designed to instil fear in their recipients.

“Snow and Atkins took their hatred beyond threats to kill and even tried to post explosive materials in an attempt to cause harm or injury.

“Thankfully this mail was intercepted by vigilant officers.”

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