A man who made a bomb hoax to Kent Police in the wake of the 2017 UK terror attacks has been jailed.
Christopher Haw rang the force to say he was going to shoot people and planned to blow up buildings.
The 25-year-old claimed claimed to have made a pipe bomb only to later admit he was lying.
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However, a search of Haw’s home in Sutton Valence near Maidstone resulted in the discovery of materials that could have been used to make explosives.
Haw made the call in July of last year. The country had just suffered a wave of terror attacks including two in London and the bombing at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.
He said he wanted Kent Police to send armed officers to his house “to bring it on”.
It turned out that Haw had no weapons and had instead been drinking and doing drugs on the day.
As a result he was becoming increasingly violent.
Haw made a gun gesture to police who went to his home and spat at one officer.
At Maidstone Crown Court he admitted making a bomb hoax and assaulting a police officer. He was jailed for 22 months.
After the case, Det Sgt Dan Barker said: “Christopher Haw has expressed remorse for his actions and clearly has his issues, but that is no excuse for his behaviour.
“He admitted in interview that he knew in the current climate he would get a reaction by claiming to have a bomb. Not only was this a waste of police time, it was also incredibly irresponsible and could have resulted in vital resources being diverted away from a genuine emergency.
“The materials found during a search of his home were also of concern to us. While Haw denied intending to use them to harm anybody else, the fact is they could have been combined to make an explosive and that is completely unacceptable.
“Haw has been in custody since his arrest last July and I hope he has taken the opportunity to reconsider the way he handles his personal issues in future.”