Teenager found guilty of planning a college massacre in Newcastle

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A teenager has been found guilty of trying to blow up his former college in Newcastle.

Liam Lyburd, 19, learned how to make pipe bombs and assembled a Glock semi-automatic handgun from parts bought off the internet. He also bought 94 hollow point expanding bullets.

A gun recovered from his home
A gun recovered from his home

The 19-year-old was convicted today at Newcastle Crown Court of planning mass murder at his former college.

He had pleaded guilty to nine charges relating to making pipe bombs, two-made explosive devices, possessing a 9mm Luger Calibre Glock gun, the bullets and CS gas, but had denied eight charges of possessing those items with an intent to endanger life at Newcastle College.

Items recovered from his home
Items recovered from his home

A computer specialist recovered a deleted file from his computer in which he wrote about getting vengeance on the college which had kicked him out two years before.

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‘You people ruined my whole life, don’t expect me to show mercy today. No-one disrespects me and gets away with it,’ it read.

‘I’ll teach you people a little lesson on respect with my 9mm jacketed hollow points.’

‘What may have begun as fantasy was all too real,’ said Judge Paul Sloan QC.

A spokesman for Newcastle College said: “The safety of our students and staff is always our top priority and we would like to thank Northumbria Police, who we worked closely with throughout the incident.”


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