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Woman jailed for airport bomb hoax

Blackpool Airport

Blackpool Airport

A woman who made a hoax 999 call, claiming that a bomb would go off at Blackpool Airport, has today been given 10 months in jail.

Jane Brennan made the false call to the emergency services because she was drunk and annoyed over her partner taking his sister to the airport.

Preston Crown Court heard today the threat was taken seriously and security procedures were adopted that morning last November before it was deemed to be a hoax. The call was traced to Brennan who struggled with police when arrested.

Brennan, 46, formerly of Gardeners Mews, Blackpool pleaded guilty today to an offence of making a bomb hoax.

Her lawyer told the court it had been a stupid thing to do, but the public had not been put in panic by her actions, nor had a flight that morning to Alicante been delayed.

He said she had grappled with alcoholism for many years and needed help and guidance.

Judge Michael Byrne said airports are particularly vulnerable to such a threat, where large numbers of people congregate and where there is a potential to cause mayhem, fear, panic and distress.

He added: “Everybody must know such conduct will not be tolerated in comtemporary society and that the courts will do all they can to prevent such conduct. Custody is inevitable and there must be a deterrent sentence”.

 
 
 

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