North East Wales

Jury in explosions trial of Denbigh ex-mayor John Larsen to return to court

John Larsen
Image caption Former mayor John Larsen said he played no part in the explosions

A jury in the trial of a former Denbigh mayor accused of causing explosions in the town will return to court later to continue considering its verdict.

John Larsen, 46, said he played no part in the explosions in the Lenten Pool area between January and April.

He told Caernarfon Crown Court he made fireworks and denied getting a "thrill" from his alleged actions.

Mr Larsen denies causing an explosion, possessing explosives and three arson attacks on cars.

At the start of his trial, the jury was told that in February this year a series of small explosions occurred in Denbigh which damaged a number of cars.

It led to a "main explosion" on 24 March when a device, akin to a bomb, was placed under a Land Rover Discovery in the town.

The explosion damaged the vehicle, along with one parked beside it, while ball-bearings and shrapnel from the device were thrown "far and in all directions", the court heard.

"Windows were smashed. These events brought fear to the local community," said prosecuting barrister Wyn Lloyd Jones.

The prosecution said it believed Mr Larsen was behind the explosions as they stopped after he was arrested on 19 April.

The former mayor denies three arson charges, one of causing an explosion and two of possessing explosives - one with intent to endanger life.

Mr Larsen said he made "fireworks, not bombs".

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