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Man Charged After Bomb Hoaxes Cause Chaos

Three calls and Mr Black is nabbed

Published on February 20th 2013.

Man Charged After Bomb Hoaxes Cause Chaos

A MAN has been charged following three bomb hoaxes in Manchester City Centre. 

It would appear that by the last of these reports, the Sunday 17 February hoax, the police knew the calls were fake.

James Anthony Black, aged 39, of no fixed abode has been charged with three offences of bomb hoax – communicating false information.

He is due to appear at Manchester Magistrates’ on Wednesday 20 February 2013.

The charges relate to three incidents in the city centre between Thursday 14 and Sunday 17 February 2013.

The first incident was a threat against Piccadilly train station, the second against ‘the arcade’ (Noble’s amusement arcade Piccadilly train station, and the third involved the Arndale Centre.

It would appear that by the last of these reports, the Sunday 17 February hoax, the police knew the calls were fake.

They say 'Police assessed this call to be one of a series of recently received hoax calls'.

Despite this assessment 'the security team at the Arndale took the decision to err on the side of caution and evacuate'. Curious. 

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16 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousFebruary 20th 2013.

Not that curious. "We've been told there's a bomb in your building but we think it's a hoax."

I'd evacuate.

C ButterworthFebruary 20th 2013.

What about the British bulldog spirit? What about following what the Police say?

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AnonymousFebruary 20th 2013.

If it was my family in there, I think I'd want them out to just to be sure!

AnonymousFebruary 20th 2013.

What about the huge amounts of cash you would be sued for and the massive reputational damage if you stayed open and the police were wrong.

Kevin PeelFebruary 20th 2013.

Pleased to see this man has been caught. These hoaxes have caused huge disruption and panic in the city centre over the last week.

AnonymousFebruary 20th 2013.

I also think that when you have been blown up before, you might be a little but more 'fretful' about it... Just a thought.

AnonymousFebruary 20th 2013.

I'd be curious as to why ManCon would NOT want to evacuate even if they were considerd a hoax.
Unless there was a Hero offer on at Yo Sushi or something?

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Rsk TippFebruary 21st 2013.

It's the police had told them it was a hoax. Why evacuate if the police knew that? Sometimes as a culture we are too cautious.

AnonymousFebruary 20th 2013.

There is nothing 'curious' about the Arndale reaction. The management will have a procedure by which they will decide what to do.

AnonymousFebruary 20th 2013.

Sunday 19th February?

Barry TravisFebruary 20th 2013.

Not that curious, hospitals have false fire alarms regularly but they still choose to evacuate etc. Its a good chance to run the emergency drills and its better safe than sorry!

AnonymousFebruary 20th 2013.

If he's mentally unstable he could have well planned the 4th to be the real deal. Should always be taken seriously, let joe public speculate, let the authorities follow proced as if it was the first threat. If someone's twisted enough to do this don't expect them to adhere to social norms and fear being a nuisance!

AnonymousFebruary 20th 2013.

Bring back hanging......he wont do it again

AnonymousFebruary 21st 2013.

in 1996 the arndale was evacuated and everyone thought was it was another hoax as there were constant evacuations at that time due to IRA threat. That day the bomb exploded but as everyone had been evacuated no lives were lost, including mine as I was there that day. I'd go with an evacuation any day.

AnonymousFebruary 21st 2013.

Good that hes been caught hope he gets suitable punishment, lets hope police commissioner Tony Lloyd and Co think ahead with their wits about them esp after that horrendous period we went through in 1996, with the cuts to police budgets its the last thing we need to happen again. We def should have more patrols in the city centre anyway its full of absolute idiots visible police presence is what we want/need! layabouts, drug smoking intimidating yoof oh! its enough to put you off spending and instead shop locally supporting independant businesses! We have enough vandals knocking around at the moment causing untold damage and theft to public property where trees have been torn down in parks, old buildings smashed in, animal habitats vandalised........and thats just an average day of the council at work. Immune from prosecution of course. Tony should focus on this lot first. Mr Kevin Peel your thoughts on this most welcome....good work on the Peace garden btw Mr and Mrs Blackbird now have nowhere to raise their young this spring, good work.

AnonymousMarch 1st 2013.

What an idiot!

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