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Police blast fake bomb hoaxers as time-wasters

By This is Lincolnshire  |  Posted: August 29, 2008

  • Jean Higgs who found the fake bomb

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Police have condemned those responsible for a bomb scare in a Lincolnshire town, saying the hoax wasted valuable police time.

Twenty-three residents were evacuated from Grinter House, in Grinter Close, North Hykeham, and the Army carried out a controlled explosion on the device.

Jean Higgs, support co-ordinator at the sheltered housing and retirement complex, spotted three plastic drinks bottles taped together with a pen sticking out the top propped up on a kerb.

The bottles contained a clear liquid which was later identified as water.

Police were called at about 7pm on Wednesday and the evacuated residents were looked after at the Harrows Inn, in Lincoln Road, before being allowed to return home at about midnight.

"It is impossible to say at this stage if the incident was the result of a deliberate hoax or a childish prank," said Inspector Paul Stubbs.

"If this was a deliberate attempt to cause a scare, it is important for the culprits to be aware of the police officer time and the staff time from other agencies that had to be committed to this incident."

Anyone with information about the incident should contact Lincolnshire Police on (01522) 882222 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

For more on the bomb scare, see Friday's Echo.

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    Lone Ranger, Lincoln  |  August 29 2008, 6:26PM

    Without doubt, this dumb trick was the work of the kids who are terrorising Hykeham's elderly population - in their private homes or residential homes. It is easy to slag them off. What is really needed is a policy of containment and correction. The present legal system does not offer a solution - so it's gotta be changed. We need ten years of ditching human rights of those who are convicted of acts deemed to lessen the human rights of their victims - and some stern redress as punishment. Singapore's system would be good for a start.

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    ANON`, Lincoln  |  August 29 2008, 5:28PM

    There really are some short sighted people on this site. Think about it, police cars with numerous police officers, 2 fire engines full of firefighters, army and any other people there, do you not realise how much all of them people cost just for a little childish prank? its not just the polices money but all them mentioned above. And it all comes out of your pocket, unless of course (and it wouldnt suprise me as nobody works these days) that your on the dole and do nothing all day!! Just think about it!!

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    Yea right, UK  |  August 29 2008, 11:09AM

    This sounds more like a homemade bong or similar smoking device that someone has dumped after his fun!!!!!!!

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    Sick of it all, Lincoln  |  August 29 2008, 8:18AM

    Speeding fines, like the National Lottery, are a tax on the stupid and fine way of raising revenue. Don't want to pay the fine, don't be dumb enough to get caught. Natural selection.

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    Stephen, Lincoln  |  August 29 2008, 8:15AM

    The problem here is that if there had been a real bomb scare at the same time or any other other major problem then this silly prank could have resulted in a loss of life. If you are the person who did this and you are reading this then you really are a pathetic and immature little tapeworm arent you. I used to do youth work in North Hykeham. Whilst there a number of decent youths, who attend the cadets, scouts, youth centre and suchlike, there are a number of scumbag chavs, who go around in gangs that think that they are tough and hard, and are under the strane ilussion that they are more important than they really are. News flash; you arent. If you want to end up with a criminal record thats fine and sink lowrr and lower. However, you would have more self respect and the admiration of others if you got off your backsides and did something more constructive and within the law.........

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    mardy bum, mardy bum town  |  August 29 2008, 7:22AM

    well it would not of been a waste of time if it was real and it's not like they had there bomb squad involved they proberly sat in there new thirty thousand pound cars while the amry are stood there doing all the work can you see a story on the army moaning about wasting time on a hoax no the police need to get a grip and start helping the tax payer instead of doing nothing.!

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    Swiss Toni, Switzerland  |  August 29 2008, 6:37AM

    What a waste of Police time. Surely their time could be better spent giving me speeding fines, extinguishing Guy Fawkes bonfires, freeing asylum seekers' heads from railings whilst leaving decent hardworking Britons stuck fast.