Woman admits to making bomb hoax against the Hildreds Centre in Skegness

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A Skegness woman made a bomb hoax against the Hildreds Centre because she was annoyed that her daughter had been banned from the town centre shopping complex.

Susan Davies, 55, who was said to be sleeping rough on the beach, admitted communicating false information when she appeared before District Judge John Stobart sitting at Skegness Magistrates’ Court.

Paul Wood, prosecuting, said that a call was made to Lincolnshire Police on August 3 in which the caller said: “Hello, hello, hello. There’s a bomb in the Hildreds Centre to go off now.”

He said that police went to the shopping centre, which was about to close, and checked waste bins, which had already been emptied.

An examination of the CCTV images of the phone box nearby which had been used to make the call, showed both Davies and her daughter leaving the box at the time the call was made.

She was later arrested and told police she had made the call because her daughter had been banned and that staff followed both her and her daughter around.

Mitigating, Gordon Holt said that Davies had been living on the beach and that she suffered from epilepsy and depression.

Yesterday (Tuesday) Judge Stobart adjourned the case for sentencing on December 9 and ordered a full report from the Probation Service.

She was granted unconditional bail.