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MI5 email bomb hoaxer jailed for Birmingham school threat

A man who emailed MI5 falsely claiming a bomb was planted in a Birmingham school has been jailed for 16 months.

Prince Albert Junior and Infant School, in Aston, was evacuated after Ghulam Kibria sent the email to the security services in November last year.

Kibria, 33, from Bradford, West Yorkshire, was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court after pleading guilty to making a hoax bomb report.

West Midlands Police said he had "wasted a significant amount of time".

A court in January heard Kibria had send an email to MI5 which said: "There is a bomb planted in Prince Albert Junior and Infant School in Aston. There is nothing you can do - we can strike any time, anywhere."

It led to more than 800 staff and pupils being evacuated from the school and nearby roads were closed.

A laptop belonging to Kibria, of Rugby Place, Lidget Green, was later seized by police and a copy of the email was found on the hard drive.

Det Insp Neil Corrigan said: "Kibria's actions wasted a significant amount of police time and resources and caused considerable inconvenience to teachers, pupils and parents at the school.

"We hope the custodial sentence will act as a warning to others not to act so irresponsibly."

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