Scottish pensioner faces prison after posting instructions to blow up central London on Facebook

Fife pensioner faces prison after posting instructions on how to blow up central London online
Fife pensioner faces prison after posting instructions on how to blow up central London online
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A 67-year-old man from Fife who posted instructions online on how to blow up the centre of London using the city’s gas mains is facing a jail sentence.

James Kessler, from Dunfermline, posted a disturbing message on his Facebook page with detailed instructions on how to create an explosion in the centre of the UKs capital.


Kessler’s online message gave instructions on how to use a city’s gas mains to launch a terror attack and included the words “Here’s how to blow up downtown London - nice and easy”.

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The Facebook post was spotted by a gas industry expert who said the terror instructions were “completely feasible” and if carried out could “lead to the death of thousands of people”.


Police were immediately alerted and when the OAP was being questioned he claimed the disturbing message should have been considered as “satire” and was just “humour” on his part.


Kessler appeared in the dock at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Thursday where he pleaded guilty to creating a post on social media which described how to create an explosion in London and other cities.


Prosecutor Alan Morrison told the court an employee of Air Liquide UK, who supply bulk gases and liquid oxygen to industry, spotted Kessler’s menacing online public post in September 2017.

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The fiscal said the employee, only referred to as Mr Hopper, read the post which stated “Here’s how to blow up downtown London - nice and easy”.


The Facebook message also included a link to the Air Liquide UK website and described “how an attack carried out in central London, or any major city, would have a mains gas system”.


The post described using a tanker used by the gas company and included instructions as how “an attack could be coordinated across the central gas main system”.


Mr Morrison added Kessler had written “in exact detail” how to mix the liquid oxygen that would be needed for such an attack to be carried out.


He added the online message also contained the words “big bang” and “take out the centre of the beast in one flash”.


The witness Mr Hopper, who has worked in the gas industry for 40 years, was said to have been left “alarmed” after reading the message and described Kessler’s instructions to blow up a city centre as “completely feasible”.

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Mr Hopper said anyone carrying out Kessler’s bomb instructions could “potentially lead to the death of thousands of people”.


Mr Morrison said: “He was so concerned he contacted the police about the matter and also took preventative measures to increase the security of his company’s drivers.”


Police Scotland officers were made aware of the Facebook post and after accessing the message Kessler was arrested in December 2017.


The court was told during a police interview Kessler “admitted posting the content on Facebook” and described the message as “a satire thing”.


Kessler added he was only warning the gas supply company that such an attack was possible and for them to take precautionary safety measures.


Kessler told officers he found it “ludicrous that it has got to these lengths” and that he regarded the online post as just “humour” on his part.


Defence agent Claire Thomas said she would reserve any mitigation to the sentencing hearing.


Sheriff Alistair Noble deferred sentence to next month for the preparation of social work reports.


Kessler admitted to conducting himself in a disorderly manner by creating a post on social media to which members of the public had access and which described how to create an explosion in London and other cities and did commit a breach of the peace at his home at Alexandra Street, Dunfermline, Fife, between October 2, 2016 and December 12, 2017.