Wrexham bomb hoax man wanted to go to prison for life


Staff reporter

A MAN made 11 hoax bomb calls to organisations and businesses throughout the UK, including Wrexham, because he wanted to go to prison.

Shocked workers received calls to say: “there is a bomb on the premises, tick, tick, tick.”

Paul William Jones, 32, wanted to spend the rest of his days behind bars.

He was said to be completely institutionalised and had written to a court asking for as long a prison sentence as possible.

Judge Niclas Parry, sitting at Mold Crown Court on Friday, said: “I am sure we will be able to oblige but there is a lot of work to be done before that.”

Jones, of Maple Avenue in Oswestry, was remanded in custody pending sentence next month.

All the hoax bomb calls were made on the same day, March 19.

Some of the premises were evacuated with all the chaos that caused, and emergency services had to attend.

He rang the Wrexham County Borough Council housing department, the VOSA offices at Wrexham, The Department of Transport, Wilkinsons’ Store in Wrexham, Poundland at the Potter’s Shopping Centre in Stoke-on-Trent, Poundland in Bedford, The Hounds Hill Shopping Centre in Blackpool, the Pentagon Shopping Centre in Chatham, the BBC offices at Portland Place in London, the probation offices at Shrewsbury and the Elstree Film Studios in Hertfordshire.

When he was arrested on Regent Street in Wrexham town centre the same day, he had a ten-inch kitchen knife on him.

Jones admitted all 11 hoax calls and possessing the knife.

Prosecutor Emmalyne Downing handed the judge a letter received from the defendant.

Judge Parry told the court in the letter the defendant had asked for a lengthy custodial sentence.

He ordered a psychological report.

Stephen Edwards, defending, said his client did not want such a report.

He suffered cerebral palsy but his mental health was said to be generally good.
“The concern is that this man is unable to cope on the outside and wants to spend the rest of his life in prison. He is entirely institutionalised.”

The judge told Jones: “A lot of people want to help you.

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