A man who had made a gun and a bomb in his home in Woodford Green has been jailed.

Ricky Anderson was caught by police after they were called to a disturbance at his home in Beechwood Drive on September 27, 2022.

The 45-year-old initially ran from police, but was detained after a brief foot chase.

He was searched and two blank rounds of ammunition was found. A loaded gun was also discovered nearby.

A search of Anderson’s home revealed he had created a homemade bomb.

Tools, around 80 blank rounds of ammunition, fireworks, and chemicals including sulphur charcoal and graphite were also found. Police have said these can all be used to make guns.

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Blank rounds of ammunition were found at Ricky Anderson's home in Woodford GreenBlank rounds of ammunition were found at Ricky Anderson's home in Woodford Green (Image: Metropolitan Police)

During his police interview, Anderson claimed he had found the homemade bomb, and was intending to dismantle it.

The 45-year-old was eventually found guilty of possessing an explosive device and possessing a firearm.

He was also found guilty of possessing ammunition without a certificate, and converting an imitation gun into a real one.

Anderson was jailed for five years at Snaresbrook Crown Court last Thursday (May 9) and also handed a five year serious crime prevention order.

Metropolitan Police Inspector Matt Freeman said: “Anderson is a dangerous individual.

“While we can’t know what his motivations were, we do know that he had equipped himself to do harm using a number of potentially lethal methods.

“It was sheer luck that the chemicals he was using didn’t cause an explosion that could have damaged the surrounding homes and occupants.”