A PENRYN man pleaded "insanity" when asked whether he was guilty or not of possessing explosive substances.

Appearing via video link from Exeter Prison this morning, Shaun Powell, of Glasney Place, gave two bizarre responses when the charges were put to him at Truro Crown Court.

When asked how he pleaded to possessing an explosive substance with intent to endanger life or property, Mr Powell simply replied "insanity".

Then when asked if he was guilty or not guilty of possessing an explosive substance under suspicious circumstances, he said "neither".

Judge Robert Linford intervened to enter not guilty pleas on behalf of the 37-year-old.

Mr Powell will stand trial on June 18 to answer the allegations, which include possessing the component parts of a petrol bomb - glass bottle, cloth wicks, lighter fluid and methylated spirits.