'Bomb' man admits causing public nuisance

A MAN is awaiting his punishment after he admitted causing a public nuisance in Ipswich town centre.

Josh Warwick

A MAN is awaiting his punishment after he admitted causing a public nuisance in Ipswich town centre.

Martin Lambourne pleaded guilty to causing a public nuisance after CCTV footage captured him placing a suitcase, emblazoned with the word 'bomb', outside South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court.

The homeless 52-year-old, who had been living in Liverpool immediately prior to the April 1 incident, will be sentenced after a psychiatrist has assessed his mental condition.


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He had originally pleaded not guilty to two charges relating to the incident.

However, Lambourne changed his plea after learning that the first charge - placing an article with intent to cause someone to believe that it would explode - would be dropped should he admit the second charge of causing a public nuisance.

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Ipswich Crown Court heard that unemployed Lambourne, who represented himself after discharging his legal team last week, had spent almost five months on remand in Peterborough and then Norwich prisons.

Judge Neil McKittrick delayed sentencing so that psychiatric and probation reports could be completed.

The judge told Lambourne all sentencing options remained open.

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