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Terror plot accused Michael Piggin denies wanting to be a martyr

Michael Piggin
Image caption Michael Piggin told the court he collected weapons because it was "cool"

A teenager accused of planning a "Columbine-style" massacre has denied wanting to be a martyr.

Michael Piggin, 18, is accused of planning attacks on a mosque, school and cinema in Loughborough.

He denies two counts of terrorism but admitted hoarding weapons because he thought it was "cool".

The jury at the Old Bailey heard he made a neo-Nazi salute but said he "didn't have a problem with Muslims in general".

Asked about a series of racist comments at school, Mr Piggin described it as "banter".

But the court heard he made a neo-Nazi salute and shouted EDL outside Loughborough mosque, a building that was top of his list of potential targets.

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Image caption The jury has been show pictures of Michael Piggin's bedroom which contained several air rifles, a crossbow and a swastika flag

The jury also heard about a series of notes he had written about "judgement day getting closer" and "going to a better place after death".

Max Hill QC, prosecuting, asked the teenager if he wanted to become a martyr.

He replied: "No, deep down I knew it wouldn't happen."

Previously, the jury was shown a video of Mr Piggin spraying, "No more mosques!" on the wall of a leisure centre, while another video showed him lighting a rag stuffed into a bottle full of fuel and throwing it against the wall.

He told the court it was "simply for entertainment".

Mr Piggin, of Beaumont Road, Shelthorpe, admits three charges of possessing explosives but denies possessing articles for a purpose connected with terrorism and having a document containing information likely to be useful for committing or preparing an act of terrorism.

The trial continues.

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