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Bomb threat teenager caught making call

Outside court Begley threatened to smash the photographer's camera Image copyright Vic Rodrick
Image caption Begley was arrested within minutes of making the call

A teenager who made a bomb scare threat against a shopping centre was caught after security guards realised the call was coming from inside the building.

Connor Begley called security from a public phone inside The Centre at Almondvale in Livingston, West Lothian.

The 18-year-old falsely claimed there was an explosive device in the complex.

A security officer saw the call was coming from inside the centre and arranged for a CCTV camera to be trained on the spot.

Police on patrol nearby arrested him within minutes.

Begley, who is from Livingston but has moved to Glasgow since the offence, appeared for sentence at Livingston Sheriff Court after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to making the bomb threat on 18 February.

Sheriff Ailsa Carmichael sentenced him to a year's social work supervision under a community payback order.

Outside court Begley tried to hide his face to avoid being pictured and threatened to smash the photographer's camera.

The Centre is home to almost 160 retailers, including M&S, Primark, Debenhams, Asda and BHS.

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