Leeds terror suspect’s rule of fear EXCLUSIVE

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A MAN who faced terrorism charges was the prime suspect over a campaign of intimidation against a housing developer and a charity, the YEP can reveal.

Philip Luty was due to face trial on three charges under the Terrorism Act 2000 when he died from cancer.

The 46-year-old, of Bedford Mount, Tinshill, Leeds, had been under suspicion over a spate of vandalism and harassment on a private housing development and a charity in Smithy Lane, Cookridge.

These included:

* The slashing of tyres on 21 cars and the use of a home-made ‘stinger’ to burst a driver’s tyres as he drove over the metal spikes;

* Graffiti, including “Yuppies Out Farms 4 Farmers”, daubed across fences next to a farm being converted into flats;

* Gates being mysteriously stolen and others bolted together forcing staff at the charity to lift them off their hinges.

Luty was arrested for criminal damage incidents which started in 2006 but got worse in late 2008 and into 2009.

But was released due to a lack of evidence.

Last week the YEP revealed that the three terrorism charges against Luty, which referred to three self-penned books titled ”Expedient Homemade Firearms”, had been formally dropped following his death.

One book had shown how to make your own 9mm machine gun.

Luty even dubbed himself the “Home Gunsmith” on his own website and proclaimed: “Only through mass non-compliance with all gun and knife laws will we ever overthrow Britain’s anti-gun fascist gun laws.”

After the case was dropped police spoke to representatives from Caring for Life and Moseley Wood Farm to inform them of Luty’s death.

Today a spokesman for North West Leeds Police said: ”A 46-year-old Leeds man was arrested in connection with a spate of incidents of damage in the Smithy Lane area of Cookridge in 2008 and 2009, but there was deemed to be insufficient evidence to charge him with any offences.

“He has since died. We are not looking for anyone else in connection with these offences and the investigation has been closed.”

The Cookridge criminal damage began when Moseley Wood Farm, in Smithy Lane, was being converted into four residential units in 2006.

Slogans such as: ”Yuppies Out Farms 4 Farmers” were sprayed on entrance gates and boundary fences.

The vandalism appeared to escalate in late 2008 and spread to the nearby Christian charity “Caring for Life” - of which the Countess of Wessex is patron - in Cookridge.

On December 1, 2008, a total of 21 tyres of staff cars at the charity’s resource centre at Crag House Farm, Otley Old Road, were slashed.

On December 15, 2008, staff had to lift entrance gates off their hinges after they were bolted together with a large industrial bolt.

On New Year’s Eve 2008/2009 one half of the gates at the main entrance was stolen.

On January 11, 2009 tyres on a staff member’s car were punctured when he drove over a DIY police-style “stinger” spike device buried under mud on the track leading to the centre.

On January 27, 2009 tyres were slashed on four vehicles belonging to residents parked at Moseley Wood Farm, Smithy Lane.

Police used covert CCTV cameras to investigate the spate of incidents at the “Caring for Life” facility at Crag House Farm.

A spokesman at that time said: “We are under attack. There is no obvious reason why, nor is there a clear way of knowing who the people or person is who has decided to make us a target of their misery.”

Mrs Willsher's uncle, Euan Hilton, delivered the statement outside Bradford Crown Court.

Full statement of Jodie Louise Willsher's family