Published On: Fri, Sep 5th, 2014 on 3:17 pm

Racist letter duo tried to post explosives to West Yorkshire solicitors

Bret Atkins Jamie Snow Mugshots

(l-r) Bret Atkins and Jamie Snow

Two men have had their sentences increased after posting crude explosive devices and racist letters to solicitors in West Yorkshire and Lancashire.

Bret Atkins, 24, and Jamie Snow, 27, were charged following an investigation last year, in which prison officers at HMP Full Sutton intercepted a letter containing an incendiary device made from crushed match heads.

The imprisoned duo were inside a top security jail and tried sending the device to law firms, but the Counter Terrorism Unit were immediately alerted.

In July, a jury found Atkins guilty of conspiracy to send an explosive substance with intent. Snow had already previously pleaded guilty to sending an explosive substance with intent and two offences of threats to kill.

They were both sentenced at Leeds Crown Court yesterday. In court, it was heard that Snow sent a threatening letter to a law firm, signing it “your neighbourhood Muslim-killer.”

The prosecutor also said prison officers heard Atkins bragging in phone calls that he and Snow were vying to kill the prison imam.

Atkins was sentenced to seven years and Snow was sentenced to six years and three months.

Detective Chief Superintendent Ian Wilson, head of the North East Counter Terrorism Unit, said: “Bret Atkins and Jamie Snow waged a campaign of hate against innocent people, choosing victims purely on the grounds of their race or religion. They expressed deeply racist and anti-Muslim views and sent a series of threatening letters, designed to instill fear in their recipients.

“Snow and Atkins took their hatred beyond threats to kill and even tried to post explosive materials in an attempt to cause harm or injury. Thankfully this mail was intercepted by vigilant officers within the prison service and was never able to enter the postal system.”

Marcella Goligher, governor at Full Sutton, added: “These convictions have been secured as a result of strong partnerships, and we will continue to work with the police and the CPS to ensure prisoners who break the law are prosecuted.”

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Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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