Man threatened to blow up council building with bomb

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A man is spending Christmas behind bars after admitting threatening to use a bomb to blow up a council building in an argument with his social worker.

Leo Holmes (20) of London Road sent a text to the female worker, saying he was going to plant a bomb at Bayard Place in Peterborough city centre, where she worked.

Armed police officers were called to London Road following the threat, and the road had to be closed while investigations were made.

He was arrested on Tuesday by police.

Yesterday (December 23) Holmes appeared at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court, where he pleaded guilty to one count of sending communications conveying a threatening message.

He sobbed as he was remanded into custody at the end of the hearing.

Delia Matthews, prosecuting, told the court: “He had been meant to meet his social worker on December 17, but he was aggressive in messages, and he did not turn up.

“The meeting was rescheduled to take place on December 21. The social worker texted him to see if he was on his way, and the defendant was again aggressive, swearing and asking for transport to take him to the meeting.

“The social worker sent normal, polite messages during the conversation.

“After a few messages, the defendant sent a message saying he would make a bomb and take out Bayard Place, which is where the social worker worked.

“The threat was taken seriously as in January Holmes was given a suspended prison sentence at Peterborough Crown Court for making explosives and possession of a bladed article.

“Holmes has been in the care of social services for most of his life.

“He told police he did not mean the threat he made, but had just seen red.”

Martin Newton, defending, said: “He was suffering from anxiety and needed help getting to meetings.

“There is no suggestion he made explosives, or intended to carry out the threat.”

The court was told Holmes would have to be sentenced at Peterborough Crown Court in the new year, because of the suspended sentence which is still in force.

Holmes swore as he was led away to the cells, and could be heard sobbing after he had left the court dock.