Update: Man charged after Arc centre bomb hoax
A MAN has been charged with communicating false information following a bomb hoax in Bury St Edmunds yesterday.
Steven Cook, 35, of Deven Close in Bury has been charged following the incident where hundreds of people had to be evacuated from the Arc shopping centre.
Police were called at 1.56pm yesterday to reports that a man was being abusive and threatening staff inside the Debenhams store in Bury St Edmunds.
The man allegedly told staff he had an explosive device, after making threats.
The store was evacuated and a cordon was put in place.
More than 240 primary school children, who were part of a concert at the Apex entertainment venue, had to be evacuated.
The bag was searched and nothing suspicious was found within.
- 1 World War Two-themed holiday accommodation plans at former airfield
- 2 Matchday Live: Chaplin wins it as Town claim three points
- 3 Thatch roof of cottage 'fully alight' in village near Needham Market
- 4 Police called to anti-vaccine demonstration at Suffolk pharmacy
- 5 McKenna hoping Portman Road routine changes can help 'find an edge'
- 6 9 forgotten pubs that were at the heart of their Suffolk towns
- 7 New cafe toasts successful first week
- 8 Police arrest driver after single car crash
- 9 Let's get physical, 'spanner in the works' and selection headaches
- 10 Appeal to find 33-year-old missing man
Mr Cook has been charged with the bomb hoax – communicating false information – and is due before Bury St Edmunds Magistrates on Friday, June 29.