Bomb hoaxer escapes prison sentence

A MAN who staged a bomb hoax in Huntingdon has been given a 12 month community service order in what a Crown Court judge described as his one last chance. Chelmsford Crown Court was told that Luke Colmer, 19, of Wellesley Road, Clacton, had previously b

A MAN who staged a bomb hoax in Huntingdon has been given a 12 month community service order in what a Crown Court judge described as his "one last chance."

Chelmsford Crown Court was told that Luke Colmer, 19, of Wellesley Road, Clacton, had previously been given a 10 month jail sentence, suspended for two years, for stealing a pizza at knife-point.

Judge Peter Fenn gave Colmer the "last chance" ultimatum as he sentenced him on Thursday for the bomb hoax and for riding a 'mini moto' dangerously during a police chase.

Referring to the bomb hoax, Judge Fenn told Colmer : "A lot of people were highly inconvenienced, not to mention put in fear - 30 people were evacuated - whole families, some very young children and one lady who was heavily pregnant.

"Police were called and a lot of valuable police time and resources were wasted - you did it as a joke because you wanted to imagine the face of the security guard when he received that threat.

"Later, you drove a mini moto dangerously while disqualified and without insurance," he said.

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He told Colmer that normally such offences it would result in custody for breaching of the suspended sentence.

However, he said there had been indications that Colmer was growing up, was in work and in settled accommodation. He said he was going to allow him another chance but ordered that he must attend the Bridge project for people "at the end of the line".

Judge Fenn ordered Colmer to attend the project for 30 days for breach of the suspended sentence which continues to run, and imposed the 12 months community order for the bomb hoax and driving dangerously.

Colmer was also further disqualified for a year and told by the judge : "This is your last chance - don't prove me wrong".

Lynne Shirley, prosecuting, said Colmer had telephoned a security officer at Coneygear Court, Huntingdon, on March 31 this year saying: "There's a bomb in the building - you've got 30 minutes."

Having dialled 1471 the security officer found the number was withheld and evacuated the building.

However, Miss Shirley told the court that while outside another young man received a call from Colmer on his mobile phone admitting what he had done.

The dangerous driving offence took place on June 9 in Clacton when Colmer rode on the pavement towards pedestrians.

Miss Shirley added that Colmer had received the suspended sentence on January 28 this year and 200 hours unpaid work after a robbery outside Domino's Pizza in Huntingdon in October last year.

After a man was handed his Pizza by staff outside, two men approached saying: "Give me your pizza, give me your pizza. It was accepted Colmer had a knife."

However, Jamie De Burgos, defending, said Colmer had moved away from a "dangerous alliance" with people in Huntingdon.

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