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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Three years' prison for Millom bomb hoax caller

A DISABLED woman who caused panic at a community hospital in Cumbria with a hoax bomb threat has been jailed.

Jacqueline Hustler, aged 48, from Moorgate Avenue in Bradford, was sentenced to three years in prison at Bradford Crown Court yesterday.

Hustler had called Millom Community Hospital, Westmorland General Hospital and a Marks and Spencer’s store in Kendal warning of a bomb on the premises.

She had made a series of similar threats in other areas.

Staff at Millom Hospital received the call on Tuesday, October 29 warning of a bomb on the premises.

The call was made using a voice distorter.

Hustler was arrested the same day. She pleaded guilty to charges of communicating false information with intent.

Judge John Potter, sentencing, said Hustler was responsible for “a campaign of making bomb hoax calls”.

He said: “Members of the public going about their lawful business were evacuated from a number of locations, no doubt causing them, at the least, inconvenience and almost certainly significant alarm and distress.

“You are a menace to our community.”

Miss Sophie Drake, defending, said her client was physically disabled, partially sighted and hard of hearing. She was socially isolated, lonely and had few friends.

She said: “She is very frightened and very vulnerable. She says she hates what she does.”

Detective Inspector Ryan Bragg, of Bradford CID, said: “Hustler made a number of hoax calls, which were understandably treated as serious threats and caused panic and distress to those who received them.”

Have your say

She (Hustler) says she hates what she does.
She shouldn't do it, then we'd all be happy.

Posted by Maria Warner on 27 January 2014 at 18:12

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