Hoax caller jailed for making false bomb alerts to police

Hoax calls. Pic: Karolina Kabat

Hoax calls. Pic: Karolina Kabat

A 35-year-old man in Hackney has been sentenced to two years in prison for making hoax 999 calls to the police.

In a media statement on January 29, the Metropolitan Police said during the calls, Shuhel Miah, falsely claimed there were bombs at three different locations within the London borough of Tower Hamlets.

The locations were the local authority building, Jack Dash House, an east London mosque and Whitechapel Market.

The hoax 999 calls were made between 24 September and 27 September 2013.

Miah received his two-year sentence following a trial at the Snaresbrook Crown Court on January 10.

Police said the sentence “sends out a clear message that this type of crime will not be tolerated”.

Detective Constable Sarah Nash from Tower Hamlets Criminal Investigation Department said: “Cases like this are taken very seriously. Hoax bomb calls mean public places and buildings might have to be evacuated, causing alarm and inconvenience to many, which, disrupts our society and puts the local community in fear.”


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