Patient jailed for five years for posting explosive devices to Boughton medical practice

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A man who posted explosive devices through the letterbox of a West Norfolk doctors’ surgery has been jailed for five years.

Detectives said Ozzie Welsh had been a patient at the Boughton Doctors’ Surgery, where he had several confrontations with staff.

And the packages he left there, following a disagreement over a prescription, could have caused serious harm had they been detonated.

Welsh, 39, of Short Lane, Feltwell, was sentenced at the Old Bailey today, having previously pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing explosives.

A separate charge of causing an explosion likely to endanger life or property, which Welsh denied, was ordered to lie on file.

The case was brought following the discovery of three suspicious packages at the Boughton Doctors’ Surgery on January 28 last year.

A 100 metre exclusion zone had to be set up around the site, while bomb disposal experts assessed the items.

Welsh’s home was searched later that day, where a laptop computer and a diary containing details and research about bomb making were found.

They also uncovered evidence showing he had bought various substances and components necessary to make explosives.

Police said Welsh had also been advised about his behaviour following several previous disagreements with staff at the practice.

Although he initially denied any involvement, he later gave officers a written statement saying he had sent the devices because he was angry following the dispute over his medication.

Following his sentencing, Detective Chief Inspector Marie James, of the combined Norfolk and Suffolk major investigation unit, said: “The devices recovered from the surgery were found to be viable improvised explosives.

“In police interview Welsh admitted to having a fascination with explosives and the power this afforded him, but didn’t want to harm anyone.

“While fortunately no-one was injured during this incident, an explosives expert who examined the materials was of the opinion these could have caused serious injury.”