Hoax bomber jailed for 20 months

25/01/2016

A 20-year-old Telford man has today been sentenced at Shrewsbury Crown Court to 20 months imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to leaving a device which looked like a bomb outside a medical centre.

On 10 July 2015, a council worker discovered a device on the road near to the Wellington Medical Centre in Telford.

On closer inspection the worker saw that the device had an aerosol can and wires attached to it with a note which read: 'To all Christians in Wellington, sweet dreams.'

The police were immediately notified, but when it was examined no explosive material was found in the device and it turned out to be a hoax.

Following a police investigation, Alister Taylor from Wellington was identified as the individual who had left the device. His computer was interrogated which revealed that he had made searches for guns, weapons, the Nazis and to ISIS. 

The defendant was arrest and later pleaded guilty to placing an article with intent.

Jason Corden-Bowen, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"At a time when the country is on a high level of security alert, Alister Taylor's actions were wholly irresponsible.

"He deliberately created a device which was intended to look like an improvised explosive device and left a note which targeted a religious group.

"His motive was to create an atmosphere of fear and hostility between various ethnic and religious groups in the Wellington area of the town. 

"Taylor originally denied any involvement in the hoax bomb, but he later admitted to placing an article with intent and he will now have to deal with the consequences of his actions."