A teenager obsessed with mass shootings has been convicted of attempting to buy a gun and ammunition.
Prosecutors said 19-year-old Kyle Davies saw Norwegian killer Anders Breivik and those behind the massacre at Columbine High School in the US as his “poster boys”.
He used the cryptocurrency Bitcoin to purchase a Glock 17 handgun and five rounds of ammunition on the dark web.
US Homeland Security officers intercepted the order in New York and tipped off British police, who arrested Davies when he accepted a fake package delivered to his Gloucester home.
After his arrest Davies said: “You should have just shot me. I haven't technically possessed anything anyway.”
The teenager said he had purchased the gun and ammunition in order to kill himself, and was not planning a mass shooting.
However officers searching his home found handwritten notes and a USB containing more than 1,000 pages of information on explosives and massacres.
A shopping list entitled “Phase One” included a gas mask, body armour and a leg pistol holder.
On one page he wrote “Hello Mr Policeman” and on another he wrote "This one Mr Policeman".
Prosecutor Anna Vigars said Davies was not preparing for suicide.
“He was perhaps expecting to die at the end of his own lethal killing spree and take as many others as possible out with him on the way,” she said.
Judge Paul Cook said Davies is facing a “significant period of imprisonment” but he needed more information before sentencing.
Officers found no evidence he had a specific target he intended to attack.
If you're at risk of self-harm or feeling anxious you can telephone Samaritans on 116 123.