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London Bomb hoaxer sentence adjourned

The sentencing of a man who entered a London store and threatened to blow himself up has been adjourned for psychiatric reports.

Malcolm Tripp, 46, was arrested after a stand-off with armed police in Regent Street which brought a large area of the capital's centre to a standstill.

Tripp has admitted a charge of making a bomb hoax. A charge of criminal damage was withdrawn.

Sentencing has been adjourned until 18 March.

Explosives team

Prosecutor Rav Chodha said at an earlier hearing police had received a call at 0020 GMT on 13 January to Accessorize, Regent Street in London's West End.

The court heard the defendant was inside the shop carrying a black briefcase and nearby was a stack of boxes with the words "I have a bomb, I have a nail bomb in a case, Allah I have a bomb".

The officer informed his superiors, she had said, and the explosives team, territorial support group and other response teams were deployed, numbering approximately 150 officers.

Tripp fully admitted the offence in interview, she said.

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