Bitterne Park bomb hoax: Southampton man denies charge

Suspicious incident in Manor Park Road Bomb disposal experts from the Royal Navy were called to the property following the discovery of the device

A man has denied a bomb hoax that led to the evacuation of homes in Southampton.

A device was found in the garden of a house in Manor Farm Road, Bitterne Park, on Wednesday morning.

It caused surrounding roads to be closed while bomb disposal experts carried out a controlled explosion.

Pascal Knorr-Gulde, 41, of Bond Road, Southampton, pleaded not guilty to the charge at the city's magistrates court.

He was remanded in custody and a trial date was set for 6 June at Southampton Crown Court.

A 62-year-old woman from Southampton who was also arrested after the hoax has been bailed until June 10.

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