Dean Morrice (Image: Avon & Somerset Police / SWNS)

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A neo-Nazi former Army driver who stockpiled explosive chemicals was a family man and lived a "double life", a court heard.

Dean Morrice, 34, collected a cache of terrorism manuals and instructions on how to make home-made bombs and weapons.

He regularly took part in far-right forums and had set up two of his own propaganda channels, glorifying figures from the Third Reich and hailing neo-Nazi terrorists as "saints".

In one video he strummed a guitar in time with the gunshots to footage of the Christchurch mosque shooting, in which Brenton Tarrant killed 51 people, three days after the 2019 attack.

A stockpile of chemicals used to make thermite and gunpowder was found in his garage when police raided his home in Paulton, Somerset, in August last year.

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Morrice superimposed himself onto a video of the Christchurch mosque shooting
(Image: Avon & Somerset Police / SWNS)

Officers also discovered a 3D printer, along with instructions for how to make a gun and printed parts for a firearm, a court heard.

Morrice, who ran a small business fixing electronics after a brief stint in the Army, which he joined aged 16 as a driver, told jurors he enjoyed dressing up as a "right-wing fascist" in outfits including a tactical vest, skull mask and beret.

"I think it's fair to say I have fascist and neo-Nazi views," he said, giving evidence at Kingston crown court.

He said he had been a "bit of a fan of Nigel Farage" and a paid-up member of Ukip, the party he used to lead, before Morrice left "a few years ago", with his views becoming more far right up until his arrest on August 20, 2020.

Morrice played the guitar along to the video of the terror attack
(Image: Avon & Somerset Police / SWNS)

But Morrice said he did not believe in "committing acts of violence towards ethnic or religious groups" and did not want to encourage terrorism.

He was last week found guilty of two counts of having an explosive substance, three counts of dissemination of a terrorist publication, one of encouraging terrorism and four counts of possession of a document useful for terrorist purposes between March 15, 2019 and August 20, 2020.

Judge Peter Lodder QC sentenced him to an 18-year jail term, with a five-year extended licence period on Monday.

He told Morrice: "You have described yourself as a patriot.

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"You are not a patriot, you are a dangerous neo-Nazi, your bigotry and hatred is abhorrent to the overwhelming majority in this country.

"It is from the material found on your computer and in your social network communications that the full picture of your character emerges.

"You supported and encouraged extreme groups in your local area and internationally."

The court heard that people who knew Morrice were "shocked and surprised" to discover what he had been doing and the judge described him as "living somewhat of a double life".

A 3D printer was discovered at his home in Paulton, Somerset
(Image: Avon & Somerset Police / SWNS)

Narita Bahra QC, defending, said Morrice had been a law-abiding family man who was living a normal life ahead of the 18-month period of his offending.

But his mental health issues had been "exacerbated" by the Covid-19 pandemic, it was said.

DCS Kath Barnes, head of Counter Terrorism Policing South East, said: "This is the first terrorism case which has taken evidence obtained by use of a 3D printer to court."

She added: "Through dedicated investigation, Morrice was stopped before he was able to carry out any physical act of terror but the evidence showed that he actively encouraged terrorism to others with his toxic ideology and had the intention and potentially the capability to commit one himself."