Jail for police bomb hoax caller

Amanda Pinder, jailed for bomb hoax calls.
Amanda Pinder, jailed for bomb hoax calls.
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A woman who threatened to blow up every police station in Sheffield in a series of hoax calls has been jailed for four years.

Amanda Louise Pinder, aged 33, made threats to South Yorkshire Police four days after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.

In one call she said: “I’m going to blow the lot of you up. You’ll all die.”

Pinder, of East Bank Road, Arbourthorne, Sheffield, admitted four counts of communicating false information and was jailed for four years by a judge at Sheffield Crown Court.

The court heard Pinder made six calls and sent one text message to police between April 19 and 20, while Sheffield was hosting last year’s World Snooker Championship.

In one call she said: “I’m going to set a bomb off at Attercliffe, Bridge Street and Moss Way. I’m going to blow the lot of you up. You’ll all die.”

In a second she told the call handler: “If I could get down this phone I would slit your throat.”

She claimed she had placed bombs in every police station in Sheffield and in the homes and cars of police officers.

But Pinder named herself in one of the calls and was arrested on April 21.

Prosecutor James Baird said: “These calls caused considerable concern and fear within the emergency services.”

He said the timing of the calls meant police were ‘concerned about the safety of the public’.

Defending, Kath Goddard said Pinder was ‘deeply troubled’ and suffered from ‘long-standing, significant mental health problems’.

She added: “When asked if she knew where Boston was, she had no idea, let alone that there had been such a significant event four days before.”

Jailing her Judge Robert Moore said: “You would have to be a hermit who had neither a television nor a radio not to know of the Boston bombing.”

Detective Constable Sarah Lewis said: “This was less than a week after the bombings at the Boston Marathon, and at a time when Sheffield city centre was also full of visitors to the city for the snooker championships. It is believed Pinder specifically timed her offences to maximise fear and concern, not only for the emergency services but for the public as a whole.”