Humberside

Hull man jailed over plane bomb hoax call

A Hull man who called police to claim a woman he met over the internet was planning to blow up a US flight has been jailed for 16 weeks.

Hull Magistrates' Court heard Stuart Bingham made the call while drunk after his Canadian "girlfriend" ended her online relationship with him.

He called 999 and claimed the woman had boarded a plane in Detroit with a bomb.

Bingham, 38, of Blandford Close, Bransholme, Hull, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.

Humberside Police's Special Branch investigated Bingham's claim and contacted authorities in the US.

The force quickly confirmed the report was a hoax and arrested him.

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Last month Bingham admitted sending a grossly offensive, indecent or menacing message by electronic communication at a hearing at Hull Magistrates' Court.

The court heard Bingham had drunk up to four litres of cider before calling the police. He claimed he could not remember using the word "bomb".

District Judge Frederick Rutherford said: "You decided, under the influence of alcohol, to make an emergency call to the police to tell them of a bomb threat with specific details in respect of the flight path and what was going to happen to the plane."

Bingham told police he communicated with the woman, named as Lawrie Punt, from Ontario, every day.

He said they had been in a "virtual relationship" since May 2011 but had never met.

James Gelsthorpe, prosecuting, said Bingham told police he thought Ms Punt was "doing something" because she deleted him from her Facebook account.

Bingham received a caution last year for wasting police time after making about 30 nuisance 999 calls.

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