County Antrim ‘bomb’ alert: Woman with Stranraer address is given suspended jail term

This was the scene during a security alert in Armoy in 2019.

A WOMAN with a Stranraer address has been given a four months jail term, suspended for two years, after admitting offences connected to a report of a ‘bomb’ in Armoy.

Christina Saul (35) communicated false information to a PSNI call handler that a ‘bomb’ was present at Fairhill Street in Armoy on August 31, 2019.

She also made a threat to the PSNI on October 26, 2017, that a car and a dwelling at Fairhill Street would be damaged.

A prosecutor told a previous hearing the case involved 999 calls.

At Coleraine Magistrates Court the defendant was convicted of the charges.

She was also made the subject of a two year Restraining Order forbidding her to threaten violence against a female and she is not to instruct or encourage or suggest any other person to do so.

The full details of the first charge were that the defendant ‘communicated certain information, which you knew or believed to be false, to another person, namely a PSNI call handler, with the intention of inducing in that call handler, or some other person, a false belief that a bomb or other thing liable to explode or ignite was present’ at an address at Fairhill Street.’

According to the charge sheet, the defendant also made a threat to the PSNI on October 26, 2017, that a car and dwelling at Fairhill Street would be damaged.

On August 31, 2019, police and an army bomb disposal team were called to Fairhill Street where residents were evacuated during a security alert.

At the time police said a suspicious object was declared a hoax.

On the date in question a PSNI press release said: ‘Detectives in Coleraine are appealing for information following a security alert in Armoy earlier today (Saturday 31st August).

‘At around 4:50am, police received a report of a suspicious device in the Fairhill Street area. A number of residents were evacuated as a public safety operation was carried out.

‘ATO were tasked to the scene. The object has been taken away for further examination. It has since been declared a hoax. Residents have since been allowed to return to their homes. No roads were closed during the operation.’

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