A man who sparked a bomb scare at his north-east home was later caught with a cache of weapons and Nazi memorabilia.
Police found knuckle-dusters, a stun gun and swastika flags when they raided Connor Ward’s house and his mother’s address at Banff.
The 22-year-old had been released from detention following an earlier drama in 2012 when he brought his hometown to a standstill after threatening to blow up himself and his father.
Yesterday, he appeared at Peterhead Sheriff Court and admitted importing numerous packages of knuckle-dusters and owning the stun-gun between November 19, 2013, and November 21, 2014.
Before officers searched his home at 2 Whinhill Crescent, Banff, he told them he had been buying and selling self-defence weapons on Ebay.
The majority of the weapons cache was kept at his mother’s Water Path home, which he visited regularly to use the internet on his laptop.
Among the arsenal was a booklet on the Nazis and swastika flags.
The court heard police were tipped off about the weapons haul by the National Crime Agency on October 25 after a package destined for his mother’s house was intercepted from the USA.
Two days later Humberside Police raised the alarm about a stun-gun that had been purchased from Ebay.
Fiscal depute David Bernard said: “A search was carried out on the accused’s property and numerous postal packages containing weapons, including knuckledusters, were found.
“Also found was a booklet related to the Nazis.
“Also recovered were several Nazi flags bearing swastikas. The accused was interviewed but provided no comment.”
Ward will return for sentencing next month.
However, because he had been released early from a three year sentence handed down by the High Court for the previous offence, the latest case will also be referred back to judges in Edinburgh.
Dozens of homes and businesses were evacuated and a police cordon set up around Bridge Street, Old Market Place, Reid Street, Crown Court and Carmelite Street following Ward’s bomb scare in 2012
His mother raised the alarm when she visited her son’s rubbish-strewn house at Water Lane on May 18, 2012.
She found a copy of the Do-It-Yourself Gunpowder Cookbook among bottles of chemicals at the flat.
Police visited Ward, who was in hospital at the time, and he told them he was going to blow up himself and his father – a convicted sex offender.
The High Court in Edinburgh heard Ward hated his dad, Alexander, who was jailed in 2007 for sex offences involving children.
The court was told he had a history of violent fantasies and passed himself off as a weapons dealer in internet chats.