Preston Fishergate shopping centre bomb: Jury clears David Rutherford

Police at Fishergate
Image caption Fishergate centre was evacuated on 17 December after the device was found in toilets

A man accused of making and planting an explosive device at a shopping centre in Preston has been cleared.

The Fishergate Centre was evacuated on 17 December after a home-made device was found in toilets.

Preston Crown Court heard David Rutherford had learning difficulties and was unfit to plead.

The 24-year-old, of Ingol, Preston, was cleared of making an improvised incendiary device and of carrying out an act intending to cause an explosion.

Lancashire Police said it was "not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident."

Image caption Bomb disposal experts made the device safe

Police said the device had matches attached and had been lit but the aerosol inside an inhaler "did not go off so caused very minor damage and no injuries".

It was put out by a member of staff, said police, and the shopping centre was evacuated as a precaution.

Roads were also closed while bomb disposal experts made the device safe.

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