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IRA bomb call hoaxer Alexander Murdoch is jailed

A hoax caller who phoned police and told them the IRA had strapped a bomb to him has been jailed for 13 months.

Alexander Murdoch told a call handler that a bomb was present in his Dundee flat and was "liable to explode or ignite".

Dundee Sheriff Court heard that Murdoch told the call handler the bomb had been strapped to him by the IRA.

The 33-year-old called police from his home in the city's Hilltown area on 24 March.

Murdoch admitted a charge of communicating information with the intent of inducing a false belief that a bomb was liable to explode.

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