A man previously convicted of possessing an explosive substance has been sent back to prison for breaching court requirements, police say.
Anwar Driouich, who was jailed in 2020 after admitting having 10kg of ammonium nitrate and seven terror manuals, was on Thursday sentenced at Manchester Crown Court to 18 months in prison for concealing an alias and financial accounts from police, according to Counter Terrorism Policing (CTP).
The body, a national network of UK forces working to stop terrorism, also said he will be subject to an extended 12-month licence at the conclusion of his sentence, meaning he must abide by certain conditions or face returning to prison.
In 2020, the then 22-year-old was jailed for 20 months for possessing the explosive and documents including Munition Black Books, Anarchy Cookbook, Inspire, Ragnar’s Big Book Of Homemade Weapons and Bloody Brazilian Knife Fighting Techniques.
Today’s outcome will hopefully act as a reminder that we continue to monitor those that have been convicted of terrorism, released from prison and subjected to Part 4 Notification Requirements
Detective Chief Superintendent Peter Craig
Driouich was also said to have trawled the internet for mass shootings, terror attacks, and “incels” – a loose online community of usually young men who consider themselves involuntarily celibate who members have been responsible for high-profile murders and atrocities.
Following his conviction, he was ordered to give police information about himself so he could be monitored.
Driouich was arrested in January 2022 and taken back into custody where he has remained since, according to CTP.
He was charged with breaches, which occurred between October 21 and January 22 and included withholding an alias and financial accounts, CTP said.
Driouich pleaded guilty at Manchester Crown Court on Friday ahead of a trial, according to CTP.
Detective Chief Superintendent Peter Craig, head of CTP North-East, said: “Today’s outcome will hopefully act as a reminder that we continue to monitor those that have been convicted of terrorism, released from prison and subjected to Part 4 Notification Requirements.”
At the sentencing for his initial offences, the Old Bailey heard Driouich was arrested in London in August 2019 after the company Aqua Plants Care reported his online order for 10kg of ammonium nitrate, a component of high explosives.
Police found he had previously bought online 3.5kg of ammonium nitrate, a knuckleduster, retractable baton, handcuffs, balaclavas and instructions on making a flamethrower.
An examination of an iPhone revealed his stash of terror manuals and a note, under the password “killer”, listing weapons, body armour and tactical equipment, the court heard.
Police searched his home and recovered more precursor chemicals, three knives, a crossbow, bullet moulders, ball bearings and arrow heads.
A Spider-Man notebook also contained notes on manufacturing explosive precursors.
The Old Bailey heard Driouich had sought help for his mental health problems, which included “intrusive thoughts of violence”.
He was said to have had no affiliation or sympathies with any extremist group.
His was branded “an unusual case” by the sentencing judge.