Wrexham bomb hoaxer ‘wanted prison’


Thomas Morton

A MAN who made 11 hoax bomb calls to organisations and businesses throughout the UK, including Wrexham, has admitted three arson attacks.

Paul William Jones appeared from custody at Mold Crown Court and pleaded guilty to three arson attacks in February and March of this year.

His case has been adjourned for a psychiatric report to be prepared and he has been warned he may receive an indeterminate sentence for public protection.

Jones pleaded guilty to arson on March 28 at a derelict house named Overland at Middleton Road in Oswestry owned by the Severn Hospice.

The following day, he started a fire at Zion Fitness Centre at Coney Green in Oswestry and then on March 6 set fire to a signal box at the old Oswestry Railway Station, owned by the Cambrian Railway Trust.

Judge Niclas Parry said it was clearly an extremely serious matter and he would need to consider a sentence for public protection.

He remanded Jones in custody until the end of August for a psychiatric report to be prepared and said the case would then probably be adjourned again at that stage for a pre-sentence report from the probation service.

An earlier hearing heard how Jones, 32, wanted to spend the rest of his days behind bars.

He made hoax bomb calls and shocked office workers received messages saying: “there is a bomb on the premises, tick, tick, tick.”

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

Jones, of Maple Avenue, Oswestry, was remanded in custody pending sentence.
All the hoax bomb calls were made on the same day, March 19 this year. Some of the premises were evacuated.

Jones rang Wrexham 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 in 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.

Stephen Edwards, defending, said 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,” he said.

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