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Woman faces hoax bomb call charges

By Alan Erwin

Published 27/07/2016

Joanne Mitchell faces two counts of communicating false information causing belief of explosives.
Joanne Mitchell faces two counts of communicating false information causing belief of explosives.

A woman has appeared in court accused of making hoax bomb warnings involving a major supermarket.

Joanne Mitchell (43) is alleged to have contacted Crimestoppers to claim a device had been planted in Tesco's at Knocknagoney, east Belfast on June 20.

She faces two counts of communicating false information causing belief of explosives.

Mitchell, of Greenview Avenue in Antrim, nodded to confirm she understood the charges put to her at Belfast Magistrates' Court. A police officer said she could connect the accused with the alleged offences, said to have been committed on June 20.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall, who was told Mitchell is already on bail, asked that a "flag" be put on the case, commenting: "This lady has been in this court on a number of occasions... and has been problematic."

Mitchell was told to return to court next week to confirm her attitude to the charges against her.

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