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Mold Police Station evacuated after woman said bomb would go off 'in five minutes'

Published date: 11 January 2017 |
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MOLD Police Station was evacuated when a woman told officers a bomb was due to go off “in five minutes”.

She also said she would kill any police officer who came to her home.

A court heard how police went to Jeanette Jennifer Griffiths’ flat nearby and found her still on the telephone to the North Wales Police control room.

Griffiths, 28, of New Street in Mold - said to have psychiatric difficulties – admitted making a hoax bomb call at 4pm on Monday and was remanded in custody to appear for sentence at the crown court.

District Judge Gwyn Jones told Griffiths, who appeared from custody at Flintshire Magistrates’ Court at Mold yesterday, said that the incident had a significant impact on the operational duties of the police and had a knock-on effect on their ability to provide a service to others.

The offence had occurred while she was subject to a community order.

She was entitled to maximum credit for her immediate guilty plea but the sentence of the magistrates’ court was insufficient, he said.

When arrested she said that she was sorry, but that she needed help. 

Prosecutor Rhian Jackson said that at 4pm, the North Wales Police control room received a call from the defendant to say that she had placed a bomb inside Mold police station and that it was due to go off in five minutes.

She also said that she would kill any police officer who arrived at her home address.

Mrs Jackson said that due to the threat, Mold Police Station was evacuated of all staff and was “rendered useless” for a period of time.

Less than half an hour later, further calls indicated that she was going to self-harm.

Police officers, including an armed response firearms unit, went to her home due to the severity of the threats made.

She said that she needed help and that she was sorry for calling the police.

In fact, she was still on the telephone to the police control room when the officers arrived at her home before 4.30 p.m..

She told officers “I am sorry for calling the police.”

Interviewed, she said that she was feeling down possibly over family arguments and contacted the police, but admitted that she did not ask for help during the phone calls.

She said that she understood the disruption her call would have caused, was apologetic and upset and said that she needed help.

Griffiths said she rang the police because she did not know who to turn to and was feeling angry.

The prosecutor said that the defendant had given her first name during the calls.

Fiona Larkin, defending, said that the defendant was a very vulnerable woman who received support from the community mental health team.

It was for her a pattern of behaviour where she would “do something stupid, in a moment of madness” without thinking of the consequences.

The defendant was on a community order and it was coming to an end which made the defendant feel she would be unable to cope.

Her psychiatrist, who had attended court, did not regard her as a danger to herself.

There were deep concerns about how she would cope in custody, said Miss Larkin.

It was described as a complex case involving a very vulnerable lady with a long history of such behaviour.

Her self-harming had been tackled and that had been largely successful but that had, to an extent, been replaced by contacting the police out of hours and complaining that she was unsupported in the community.

In an application for bail pending sentence, Miss Larkin said that her client was extremely vulnerable, there was concern about her ability to copy in custody, and said that she could be subjected to a curfew at her home address.

She would have the support of the mental health team and her psychiatrist.

But the judge said that she would be remanded in custody for various reasons, including for her own welfare.

He ordered that the warrant should be marked that she was extremely vulnerable.

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