INVESTIGATORS have secured a court order to retain seized cash from a Romsey businessman serving time for conspiring to plant explosives.

Nuttall, of Embley Lane, was jailed for eight years and two months after a trial at the Old Bailey last September.

The National Terrorist Financial Investigation Unit applied for a further order for continued detention of £10,635.54 seized last October under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

The order was granted at Westminster Magistrates Court in London on Monday January 22. Nuttall, a former owner of the White Horse Hotel in Romsey, was not present in court for the hearing.

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At the trial last year Nuttall, suspected of being involved in an international money laundering ring, targeted two lawyers for Britain’s FBI by orchestrating a bomb plot against them.

A four-month trial at the Old Bailey heard that Nuttall had been pursued by the National Crime Agency (NCA) over the seizure of assets worth £1.4 million.

The trial was told he hatched a plot to target the NCA’s lawyers, Andrew Sutcliffe KC and Anne Jeavons, after becoming upset at the prospect of losing his stately home, Embley Manor near Romsey.