Dukinfield hoax bomber jailed

A hoax bomber who brought an area of Dukinfield to a standstill last month has been sentenced to one year behind bars.

The actions of Meysam Kordi (pictured) on January 16 prompted nearby businesses and residents to be evacuated. 

Police swooped on a property on Birch Lane to reports of concern for the welfare of a man claiming to possess an explosive device.

Businesses and homes near to the junction of Dewsnap Lane, Birch Lane and Kenyon Avenue were all evacuated and a cordon was thrown up around Birch Lane, from the junction at the top Dewsnap Lane to the junction at Cheetham Hill Road.

Armed police and bomb disposal experts remained at the scene for around four hours but found the device to be non-viable.

Nearby schools - All Saints Catholic and St Mary’s Catholic Primary - issued statements to parents and pupils in the afternoon so children could get home safely. 

Kordi, 32, was subsequently arrested at the scene and charged with creating a hoax bomb.

He was also charged with improper use of the public electronic communications network - namely phoning the police to say he had an explosive device. 

He pleaded guilty to both charges and last Friday appeared at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court where he was sentenced to one year behind bars.

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