Another Hoax Bombed

There will always be psychos out there making bomb hoaxes everywhere from Scotland to Los Angeles to Singapore. Some are old school like this guy via phone about a hotel near the F1 street race track, and some cases in the past were via email or forum postings. With the F1 around the bend, the police are full throttle chasing down such bomb hoaxers for sure. While bomb hoaxers are a real menace wasting police resources chasing down false leads, I suppose calls about fake fires and other false alarms are almost as bad. What makes these idiots tick? Too much or too little stories on the shepherd boy crying wolf when they were young?

Bomb-hoax caller arrested
The police received an anonymous call stating that there was a bomb at a hotel along North Bridge Road on Sep 20

Wed, Sep 22, 2010

Police arrested a 42-year-old man for making a bomb-hoax call to the Police emergency hotline ‘999’.

On 20 Sep 2010 at about 11.47am, the police received an anonymous call via the emergency hotline ‘999’ stating that there was a bomb at a hotel along North Bridge Road.

Following the call, security measures were stepped up while investigators from Central Police Division conducted investigations to trace the anonymous caller. It was later established that the threat was unsubstantiated.

The man was placed under arrest at about 6pm the same day.

The suspect is charged in Subordinate Court 26 today for an offence of Breach of the Prohibition Against False Threats of Terrorist Acts under Regulation 8(1) of the United Nations (Anti Terrorism Measures) Regulations 2001 punishable under Sec 5(1) of the United Nations Act, Chapter 339. If convicted, he is liable to a fine not exceeding $100,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years or to both.

Commander of Central Police Division, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Tan Hung Hooi, commended his officers for their excellent investigative follow-up which resulted in the swift arrest of the suspect. He added, "We view such threats seriously and will deal sternly with persons who perpetuate hoaxes of this nature."


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