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‘Jack Bauer’ campus bomb hoaxer avoids jail sentence


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A man who phoned police posing as an anti-terrorist agent claiming he’d found two bombs on a university campus, has avoided a lengthy jail sentence.

Joshua Berrabah, 23, from Linton, Cambridgeshire, phoned in the hoax just before 4am in early April.

Pretending to be Jack Bauer from the hit TV series 24, Berrabah asked police for Bill Buchanan or Karen Hayes, both characters from the show.

The hoax sparked a terror alert at Anglia Ruskin University, as armed police and dogs scoured the campus.

Caroline Allison, prosecuting, said: "[Berrabah] said Britain was under terrorist attack, he was 'the first responder on site' and two bombs had been planted.

"He described one bomb as 'waste-like and set on its side' while another was a 'wallet type iPhone device'.

"He said he was being followed by seven people but couldn't give a description of them because if he turned round he would be shot."

Berrabah was 'upset and embarrassed' when the hoax call was played back to him.

Judge Haworth warned: "It has to be clear that anyone that makes a hoax call of this nature to police will face a prison sentence."

Berrabah was given an eight month jail sentence, suspended for eighteen months, and told to pay £350 court costs and do 250 hours of unpaid work – after pleading guilty to communicating false information about a bomb threat.

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