Alleged anti-gay terrorist in court

Ethan Stables, described in court as a white supremacist with “a deep-seated hatred of black, Jewish, Muslim and especially gay people” was planning a “murderous attack”.

Stables, 20, was planning acts of terrorism, prosecutors told Leeds Crown Court.

In June 2017 he obtained a machete, knives, axe, air rifle and a ball bearing gun when he became “enraged” about a planned LGBT Pride event at the New Empire pub in his home town of Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.

Jonathan Sandiford, prosecuting, said Stables was arrested as he was on his way to what the prosecution believe was a final reconnaissance visit to the pub before returning to his home for the machete, axe and other weapons. Stables spent seven months researching firearms and explosives and had begun to acquire material to build an improvised explosive device.

The case continues.