Student causes Newquay bomb hoax havoc
A 17-year-old student caused havoc when he pretended to have a bomb at Newquay Cornwall Airport.
The male from Sussex was immediately detained at the airport and searched following the incident on December 28, and surrounding roads were closed for a short time.
He had been attempting to board a flight to London Gatwick around 2.30pm when he was spoken to by the airport's security staff. He falsely implied that he was carrying a bomb and has since been given an £80 penalty notice for wasting police time.
A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: "Any suspicion we have that a passenger may endanger an aircraft or its passengers is taken very seriously.
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"Security staff at the airport were extremely vigilant. Any travellers should be well aware of their obligations as a passenger and offenders will be dealt with robustly."
The suspect and his family were only allowed on their way once police were satisfied that they posed no risk to the public, and were obliged to buy replacement tickets from the airline who agreed to them flying.