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Hoax caller who claimed he'd planted bomb at paper mill did it for 'bit of a laugh'

NORTH WALES, England (News story from the Daily Post) -- A disgruntled worker has admitted calling the Daily Post newsdesk claiming he had planted a bomb in the UPM paper mill where he worked.

Terry Bell, 29, thought the hoax "was a bit of a laugh" , North East Wales Magistrates Court at Mold heard.

But the police were alerted by our newsdesk and traced the calls, made on Saturday afternoon, to a house in Connah's Quay.

Prosecuting barrister Helen Tench said the company he worked for, UPM Shotton, had lost £100,000 because of the incident.

Bell, with ginger hair and wearing glasses, appeared from custody in a grey sweatshirt and grey tracksuit bottoms, as he pleaded guilty to communicating information he knew to be false that there was a thing likely to explode or ignite at UPM Paper Mill.

He was given conditional bail that he reside at his parents' house in Bilston, near Wolverhampton, maintain a curfew between 8pm and 8am and he was barred from using electronic devices such as moblie phones, iPads and computers.

He was told, unless it was an emergency, he would have to get his father to use a landline for him if he needed to contact anyone and was ordered to stay away from Deeside.

Ms Tench said: "Details were passed to the Daily Post newsdesk that there would be an explosion at 9pm that night.

"He said he had put the device there. He called the newspaper again and when asked for his name he said they didn't need to know that.

"He told police it was not a genuine call and it was a stupid mistake. He thought the call was a bit of a laugh.

"The reason he gave for making the call was that he was not happy working at the paper mill, where he had worked for two shifts."

Ms Tench said he admitted he had a previous conviction for a similar offence when he was 16 years old.

She said he claimed his aim had not been to frighten anyone.

Defending Bell, Simon Simmons said his client had ADHD, autism and dyslexia - and had not been taking his medication since the end of last year.

Mr Simmons said although Bell had committed a serious offence he admitted to it straight away, had shown remorse and had not been "medicated".

Chairman of the bench, Brian Manford advised Bell to take his medication and observe the terms of his bail.

Bell, of Boswell Road, Bilston, will be sentenced at Mold Crown Court on October 25.

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