Bomb hoax in Blackpool hotel

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A MAN called police saying there was a bomb in a Blackpool hotel.

Joseph Pearson gave a codeword and claimed a pipe-bomb would be detonated by mobile phone, stating the IRA had planted it in The Trades Hotel, Lord Street.

Pearson claimed the bomb had been planted to make a stand and “show the British we are not afraid of them”.

It was the weekend of the Pride rally in the resort and Pearson claimed the hotel was for gay men and the bomb would blow guests up.

Pearson, 39, of Central Drive, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to making a hoax bomb call to police.

He was held in custody for sentence at Preston Crown Court on July 12 by Blackpool magistrates.

Martine Connah, prosecuting, said Pearson phoned Blackpool Police saying there was a bomb in The Trades Hotel at around 3.45am on Sunday.

He made two further calls to the police giving details about the bomb.

The prosecutor added: “When interviewed the defendant said he was on the gay Pride march. He had been drinking all day and was thrown out of The Trades Hotel for being drunk. It was a sophisticated hoax and he made derogatory references to the gay community.”

Kathryn Edwards, defending, said Pearson had no connection with the IRA and he was British.

She added: “He has no adverse views on the gay community. He is married to a man. On this day he was extremely drunk.

“He says there was an Irishman in the Trades Hotel who told him there would be a bomb. Pearson got drunk, decided to play a game and ended up believing that game.

“These are not the actions of someone who does not have mental health problems.”