Belfast Telegraph

Hoax bomb call: man is remanded

A man has been remanded in custody accused of making a hoax terrorist bomb warning which led to a major security alert in north Belfast.

Gerard Chapman is charged with communicating false information and purporting to belong to a proscribed organisation, namely the Continuity IRA.

The 39-year-old, of Antigua Street, Belfast, was arrested over a hoax bomb call made to the Samaritans on Monday night.

The warning sparked a day-long security operation in the Oldpark area of the city.

Dozens of premises, including 10 businesses and 20 homes, had to be evacuated amid serious disruption.

As Chapman appeared before Belfast Magistrates Court yesterday, a detective said she could connect him with the charges.

His lawyer confirmed no bail application was being made at this stage.

Chapman was remanded in custody to appear again via video-link in four weeks’ time.

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