Twelve month sentence for Truro pipe bomb maker

A man from Cornwall who tried to make a pipe bomb using the internet and fired shots from his caravan window has been sent to a young offenders' institution.

Ricci Harvey, of Liskey House, Greenbottom, near Truro, admitted the offences, which happened in April.

Truro Crown Court was told 20-year-old Harvey, who had been drinking, made a 999 call threatening to "blow the heads off" people.

Mr Justice Royce told Harvey he had to "gain control" over his drink problem.

"People who heard the shots would not know whether the pistol was imitation or a real weapon," the judge said.

Harvey was given credit for having pleaded guilty and the judge said he accepted Harvey had attempted to make the pipe bomb "out of curiosity".

But the judge said with previous convictions for affray and disorderly behaviour, it was clear Harvey was "prone to commit offences" when he drank.

"These are serious offences and immediate custody is the only appropriate sentence," the judge said.

"It is essential you gain control over your drink problem, otherwise you will be back before the courts for further offences with the inevitable result that you will go to prison for a considerable time."

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