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Knaresborough 'bomb hoax' trial jury shown BBC video

The jury at the trial of a man accused of making a hoax bomb threat has been shown footage of him giving police false information about his address.

Armed police sealed off High Street, in Knaresborough, after receiving hoax calls on 16 October 2013.

Shamsul Islam, 23, from Leeds, denies three counts of communicating a bomb hoax, at York Crown Court.

The footage was filmed inside a Leeds police car by the BBC for its Traffic Cops programme.

In the video, recorded on 15 October last year, Mr Islam claims to be his brother Habibul and gives his home address as a flat above a pizza restaurant in Knaresborough.

One officer calls the business, where he is told by staff that Habibul Islam does not live there.

'Strip searched'

The prosecution alleges Islam made anonymous calls to the police the following day - claiming the restaurant was a bomb factory - out of revenge against the staff.

They were strip-searched when armed police raided the restaurant and searched the premises, before realising it was a hoax.

Prosecutor Paul Newcombe said Shamsul Islam was connected to the calls after police discovered a phone Sim card in his car linked to phones used to make the hoax calls.

The court heard the phones were discovered on 17 October - the day after the police raid on the restaurant.

They were found when Mr Islam was stopped, again driving his brother's car, following a police chase in Leeds.

Mr Islam told the court he sped away from officers because he had crack cocaine in the car.

He said the phones discovered in the vehicle did not belong to him.

Mr Islam has pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice.

Habibul Islam, also from Leeds, has pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice and making a false statement to obtain car insurance.

The trial continues.

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