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Monday 18 December 2017

Hoax bomb caller jailed for 16 weeks

A man who told police his online girlfriend was going to blow up a plane after she deleted him from her Facebook account has been jailed for 16 weeks.

Stuart Bingham (38) drank up to four litres of cider before calling 999 and reporting that a woman was boarding a plane with a bomb in America.

Police investigated but quickly confirmed that the report was a hoax and arrested Bingham at his home in Hull, England.

He admitted sending a grossly offensive, indecent or menacing message by electronic communication at a court hearing at Hull magistrates.

Bingham received a caution last year for wasting police time after making around 30 nuisance 999 calls.

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