Police have smashed a global terror plot by white supremacists aimed at poisoning ethnic minorities with the deadly poison ricin.
They discovered the lethal toxin in a sealed jam jar after a six month investigation ended with dawn raids on two properties in County Durham.
Two men were arrested under the Terrorism Act 2000 and were yesterday being quizzed by officers over their involvement in a worldwide plot.
It is feared they planned to use it as part of a biological weapon against ethnic minorities in the UK.
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Officers discovered traces of ricin in a kitchen cupboard of a terraced home in the former mining village of Burnopfield and believe it may have been stored there for up to two years.
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The two men held by officers – former lorry driver Ian Davidson, 41 and his 18 year old son Nicky – are being held at a secure location in West Yorkshire.
Since the former pub DJ’s arrest forensic officers have been examining Davidson’s property.
Nicky was held on suspicion of inciting racial hatred following a swoop at his home in Grampian Court, Annfield Plain. However, he has since been re-arrested and is also now detained under the Terrorism Act in West Yorkshire.
Durham’s assistant chief constable Mike Barton said: ‘This shows that the terrorist threat in the UK is real and present.’