Former Army trainee ‘may lose hand’ after explosion at parents’ home
Jordan Smith is said to have not made it through Army training and has anti-Muslim images on his Facebook site
A former award-winning Army trainee and apparent Far Right sympathiser is feared to have lost a hand after an explosive device detonated at his family’s luxury home.
Aspiring soldier Jordan Smith, 19, was seriously injured in the blast explosion in the quiet village of Wiston in Pembrokeshire on Thursday.
The bomb squad were called to the property and homes were evacuated as the teenager was airlifted to hospital. .
Neighbours said the youngster joined the Army last year but had not got through his training because he “wasn’t focused properly”.
His Facebook page features slogans such as “no more mosques”, “we hate Muslim extremists” and “no surrender to al-Qaeda” as well as references to the English Defence League.
He attended an Army Preparation course at Pembrokeshire College and won the 2012 best male award out of a group of 14 trainees.
The college, which he is understood to have left last year, said at the time he was awaiting selection for the Royal Welsh Regiment.
Police cordoned off the quiet country village road and four neighbouring homes were evacuated on Thursday while the house was checked by the bomb squad.
Neighbour Bernie Jones, 67, said: “There was some sort of an explosion and it looks like Jordan has suffered bad hand injuries.
“Police threw a cordon up around the entire village and the bomb squad moved in.”
Mr Jones, who has lived in the village for 30 years, added that Jordan was interested in the army and had wanted to join up since he was a young boy
He said: “The Army is definitely his orientation – he was very keen and hoped to be accepted.”
Jordan’s family moved into the village six years ago from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs. They converted the old farm buildings into two new homes called Potters Barn.
He lived at one of the converted barns with his parents Anthony and Rita Smith, who until recently were directors of a cleaning company.
One line of inquiry for the police is whether the device was for some sort of crow scarer that went off outside the house.
One neighbour told how he heard an explosion at 11am on Thursday.
He said: “The helicopter was soon overhead and landed in a field next to the house. You don’t get these sort of things happening here.”
Fiona Morgan, 27, a resident of the village said: “Neighbours said there was an almighty bang and a bad smell
“There’s been a lot of police and sniffer dogs.
“It’s a really, really sleepy and quiet village. It’s very peaceful normally – just a lovely place to be.”
Jordan was being treated at Morriston Hospital, Swansea, where he was in a stable condition.
A Dyfed-Powys Police spokeswoman described his injury as “non-life threatening” and their investigation is continuing.
She said: “The safety of all in the area is our priority, and the small number of residents who were evacuated have not been allowed back to their homes at this time.
“Searches and enquiries are expected to continue for the majority of today.
“Explosive Ordnance Disposal attended the scene to provide their specialist skills and knowledge and to ensure safety of those at scene, but have left.
“Police are not looking for anyone else in connection with this matter.”