Northumberland man jailed for hoax bomb threat

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A north Northumberland man has been jailed for three months for threatening to blow up a train in Wales.

The incident took place on a train from Swansea to Manchester on April 29, 2014, when Charles Crisp, 54, of White Hart Lane, Alnwick, told another passenger he had a bomb. The train had to be stopped at Newport Station and the passengers evacuated.

At Newport Crown Court this week, he was sentenced to three months in prison for communicating false information with intent.

Chief Inspector Sandra England, of British Transport Police (BTP), said: “Bomb hoaxes are not something we take lightly. Fortunately, BTP has a tried and tested system in place for dealing with them so as to cause minimum disruption while ensuring the safety of everyone involved.

“Crisp’s actions raised genuine concern for the safety of the public and wasted valuable police time, diverting much-needed resources from other duties. Furthermore, he caused significant delays for passengers, while his actions also had a financial impact on the train operator. The court, however, recognised the seriousness of the offence and sentenced him to a term of imprisonment.

“As in this case, we will always thoroughly investigate bomb hoaxes in order to bring those involved to justice.”