Six years for fake bomb alert

A criminal court in Turnhout (Antwerp province) has sentenced a man to six years behind bars after a fake bomb alert in 2019 and a case of arson. 

On 8 May 2019, the man warned the police that a bomb would explode in a school in Westerlo, Aarschot or Diest at 10 in the morning. 

All schools were evacuated as a precaution. A massive operation, as it involved about 22,000 pupils. The accused, a man in his thirties, had issued the warning by sticking a letter to the door of the police office. However, it turned out to be a false bomb alert. 

The man was also convicted for arson. He had set fire to a car. He was also accused of having plans to abduct a minor, but was not convicted for this particular charge.  

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