Mid Wales

Dyfed-Powys Police release Brecon bomb hoax recording

The George Hotel, Brecon
Image caption The call was made to police about the George Hotel in Brecon last Thursday

Detectives trying to catch a hoax caller, who claimed to have planted a bomb at a Powys hotel, have released a recording of his 999 call.

Dyfed-Powys Police said the man called them last Thursday from a phone box in Brecon.

He said a bomb had been planted at the town's George Hotel and warned officers they had five minutes to evacuate it.

Up to 50 guests, enjoying a drink or having a meal, had to leave for an hour while police checked the premises.

Now officers are hoping someone will recognise the voice and contact them.

"The caller hung up straight away so we only have a short recording, but the voice is clear and we're hoping someone will recognise it and get in touch," said Det Insp Iwan Jones.

"This was obviously very disruptive for the George Hotel, not to mention distressing for the guests who had to be evacuated, and we want to catch the person responsible."

Hotel general manager Les Rees said the police were phoned from a call box at the rear of the hotel.

"Without trying to panic people, the staff managed to evacuate everybody," he added.

People who recognise the caller's voice are asked to contact Brecon police on 101.

  • A 19-year-old man has since been arrested and cautioned.

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