Wetherspoons doorman planted fake bomb in popular pub and alerts police so he could ‘play the hero’

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A Wetherspoons doorman planted a fake bomb inside the toilets of a popular pub so he could “play the hero” has been jailed.

In November 2021, Stephen Edward Oliphant claimed he found a suspicious device in a toilet basin at Wetherspoons pub The Hat and Feathers, in Seaham, County Durham. After raising the alarm and alerting police, the pub was evacuated and a specialist bomb disposal unit arrived at the scene.

After investigating the “device” it was found to be a hoax, made from items including a bingo dabber. Following forensic analysis, the DNA of Mr Oliphant was found on components in the device and more was found when his home was searched by police.

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Mr Oliphant initially denied involvement, but later admitted to planting the item so that he could look like a hero. He pleaded guilty at Durham Crown Court May 12 to a charge of a bomb hoax, placing an article with intent.

The 25-year-old has now been jailed for 12 months. Detective Constable Drew Davis, from Durham Constabulary said: “Any report of a potential bomb is extremely worrying for the public and this job was very resource intensive with several agencies involved alongside ourselves to make sure no one came to any harm.

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“Oliphant was reckless in planting this ‘device’ and we hope his sentence sends a clear message that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated and anyone engaging in this type of crime will be dealt with robustly.”

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