Firebomb threat man jailed

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

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A MAN who threatened to firebomb Blackpool’s Salvation Army headquarters has been jailed.

Martin Rhodes, 27, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to breaching his Anti Social Behaviour Order for the 13th time.

Rhodes was sentenced to 24 weeks imprisonment by Blackpool magistrates.

Tracy Yates, prosecuting, said in July 2010 Rhodes had been put on a two year Anti Social Behaviour Orde (Asbo) at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

One condition of the order prohibited him from using threatening or insulting words or behaviour likely to cause alarm harassment or distress.

Last Friday a project worker at the Salvation Army, Raikes Parade, was subject to a tirade of abuse from Rhodes.

The prosecutor said: “He threatened to slash her up and firebomb her house and the Salvation Army.

“He also threatened other people in the doorway of the Salvation Army and neighbours who came to complain about the noise he was making.”

When interviewed by police Rhodes said he had been drinking all day and could remember nothing of the incident.

He had 12 previous convictions for breaching his ASBO and was on a 12 weeks suspended prison sentence for breaching the order.

Steven Townley, defending, said: “It’s a very sad case. He has drink and mental health problems and is homeless. He has said he wants help for his alcohol problems.”