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Carlisle man threatened to send bomb to Cumbria Police HQ

Carlisle Magistrates Court

A man has appeared in court after threatening he could send a box of chocolates which could contain a “bomb” to Cumbria Police headquarters in Penrith on Tuesday December 10.

Matthew Adam Neale, 43, gave his address as St Ann’s Road, Carlisle when he appeared before magistrates in Carlisle today (TUES), he pleaded guilty to sending an electronic communication to Cumbria Police by the 999 emergency number.

The court was told he phoned 999 to say he was going to the mental health offices on Portland Square in Carlisle and would throw a “Molotov cocktail” through the windows and set the building alight, if he didn’t get help for his mental health problems.

During the phone call he verbally threatened the call-handler, and said he (Neale) has mental health problems and is getting no-help from anyone, magistrates heard a two-minute audio version of the call, in which he then went on to say he could send chocolates to the police headquarters with a bomb in them.

The court was told this call was “targeted on emergency” services workers, who were doing their job.

Neale pleaded guilty, to sending a letter/communication/article conveying a threatening message.

Magistrates were told at the time the defendant was in a poor state of mind and was stressed and has mental heath problems, he is also on a crown court six-month suspended jail sentence for another offence.

Magistrates sent the case to crown court for sentencing on February 3.

He was released on unconditional bail until then.

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