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'Nuisance' gets three months in prison for bomb hoax

By Staff Reporter

A Bangor man has been jailed for three months for making a hoax bomb call.

Newtownards Magistrates Court heard that David McCarroll (38) used his own mobile phone to tell a 999 emergency operator there was a pipe bomb on Main Street in the town on June 2, 2016.

A prosecutor said McCarroll was soon arrested as his number was on the police register as he had used it to contact police on a different matter. During questioning, McCarroll, from Whitehill Drive, claimed he had sold the phone but yesterday pleaded guilty to communicating false information causing a belief there was likely to be an explosion.

His defence solicitor said McCarroll was jailed for 15 months for an offence last January, with a release date next April. Jailing McCarroll for three months to be served concurrently, District Judge Mullan told him that given his "considerable" previous record, "you are making a nuisance of yourself".

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