Teenage soldier who made nail bomb and owned terror handbook dressed in Ku Klux Klan costume for Facebook photo
Ryan McGee, 19, who served with the 5th Battalion The Rifles, was detained at an Army base in Paderborn, Germany, late last year
A British soldier has admitted making a nail bomb after cops found the device and a copy of an explosives-making manual at his home.
Ryan McGee, 19, also pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey in London to a charge relating to the possession of bomb-making manual The Anarchist Cookbook.
McGee, who served with the 5th Battalion The Rifles, was detained at an Army base in Paderborn, Germany, late last year.
His detention followed the discovery of a suspicious device, later confirmed to be a nail bomb, at an address on Mellor Street last November.
Alongside the homemade device, officers also found a copy of The Anarchist Cookbook – a book published in 1971 which contains instructions on the manufacture of explosives and illicit drugs.
A cordon was put in place by police at the scene during the bomb alert and 30 residents were evacuated to nearby Lewis Street Primary School.
Army bomb disposal officers were also called in. The nail bomb was discovered after police arrived at the house with a search warrant as part of an investigation into abusive images.
McGee, a former Salford City Academy pupil, was serving with the armed forces with 5th Batallion the Rifles in Paderborn, Germany, at the time of the discovery.
He joined the armed forces shortly after leaving school in 2011.
Private McGee was taken into military custody days later and flown back to the UK handed over to Greater Manchester Police and arrested under Section 57 of the Terrorism Act.
The former soldier’s Facebook profile showed numerous images of McGee dressed in English Defence League clothing and Ku Klux Klan costumes, as well as images of former EDL leader Tommy Robinson.
He also ‘likes’ the official page of former BNP leader Nick Griffin. McGee appeared before the Central Criminal Court in London. The court confirmed he pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of a document of information useful to terrorism.
He also pleaded guilty to a second charge of making explosive substances under suspicious circumstances. McGee is due to be sentenced next month.
An Army spokesman confirmed at the time of the incident that the Royal Military Police were working closely with Greater Manchester Police regarding the case.
He added: “All those who are found to fall short of the armed force’s high standards are dealt with through the disciplinary process.
Instances of unacceptable behaviour in the armed forces are investigated and appropriate action taken – up to and including dismissal.”
McGee was based in Paderborn, Germany, at the time with the battalion. McGee was released on bail ahead of sentencing.
He will be sentenced at the Old Bailey on November 28. The Ministry of Defence wasn’t available for comment.