Nightclub bomb hoaxer jailed

A MAN who told police there was a bomb in an Ipswich night club just days after last summer's London bombings has been jailed for 15 months.Kevin Chambers, 28, burst into tears and begged the judge to change his mind after he heard he was going to prison yesterday.

A MAN who told police there was a bomb in an Ipswich night club just days after last summer's London bombings has been jailed for 15 months.

Kevin Chambers, 28, burst into tears and begged the judge to change his mind after he heard he was going to prison yesterday.

Ipswich Crown Court heard that police received a 999 call from the Shout nightclub in Ipswich town centre on July 24 last year from someone saying that Al Qaeda had planted a bomb on the premises.

A number of officers attended the nightclub and while they were there a woman special constable had been approached by Chambers, said William Carter prosecuting.


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He appeared to have been drinking and asked the officer if he could have a quiet word with her.

He then told her “between you and me I have done something that will get the club evacuated”.

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When the officer smiled at him he said, “Don't laugh. I'm Al Qaeda and my brother is a terrorist. If you don't believe me there is a bomb in there and it is due to go off shortly”.

The officer called for backup and Chambers ran off said Mr Carter. He was caught shortly afterwards by the same officer and she told him to put his hands out in front of him.

Instead Chambers moved his hands towards his back and said “Leave me alone. I have a bomb and I will blow you all up”.

He claimed he had a detonator in his pocket and made a jerking motion with his hand said Mr Carter.

When Chambers was interviewed by officers after he had sobered up he said the evening before was “a bit of a blur” and he had no recollection of the allegations against him.

Chambers of Moore Road, Ipswich admitted communicating information to the police with intent to induce them to believe there was a bomb in the nightclub. He denied making the initial bomb hoax call to the police and this was ordered to be left on the court file.

Jailing Chambers, Judge John Devaux said that fortunately no terror or panic had been caused to users of the nightclub.

He added that one purpose in passing a jail sentence on him was to deter other people from doing something similar.

Jonathan Mitchell for Chambers said the current offence and offences he had committed in the past had a common thread of drunkenness running through them.

He said that someone else had made the initial bomb hoax call and Chambers had then “picked up the ball and run with it”.

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