“I’m here to blow up the station” – man who made police bomb hoax threat is spared jail

“I’m here to blow up the station” – man who made police bomb hoax threat is spared jail

INCIDENT: Wareham Police Station

SPARED JAIL: Grant Webber

First published in News by

A MAN who went up to a Dorset police station and told an officer he had a bomb strapped to his chest has been handed a suspended prison sentence.

Grant Webber, 45, appeared at Dorchester Crown Court to be sentenced for offences of placing an article with the intent to induce the belief that there was an explosive device and giving false information concerning a hoax bomb threat.

Prosecutor Tom Wright said that at about 9.50pm on May 24 Webber was seen outside Wareham Police Station by a Police Community Support Officer ‘loitering in the car park’.

He said when the defendant was approached by the officer he replied: “I have explosives strapped to my chest and I’m here to blow up the station.”

The officer could see what appeared to be a trigger in Webber’s hand with a wire or lead disappearing underneath the defendant’s t-shirt.

Mr Wright said there were also “bulges apparent underneath his t-shirt.”

The PCSO alerted two other officers, one of whom knew Webber and was able to get the defendant to co-operate.

Mr Wright said that Webber was ‘clearly intoxicated’ and when asked what was underneath his t-shirt replied that it was only some packets of rice and pasta.

Mr Wright said: “It became apparent to the officers this was a hoax rather than anything more sinister.”

Tim Shorter, mitigating, said Webber had acted out of feelings of animosity towards the police that related to previous experiences some years ago and since the offence he had been working to address his issues with alcohol.

He added that his client had made admissions in interview and entered guilty pleas to the offences at the earliest opportunity.

Webber, of Bells Orchard Lane, Wareham, was sentenced to 12 months in prison, suspended for two years, and was ordered to pay a fine of £1,000, compensation of £300 and costs of £425.

Recorder Rufus Taylor voiced his praise for the calm way the three officers had dealt with the situation on the night of the offence.

He said: “It seems to me they were phlegmatic and acted with great common sense.”

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7:03am Tue 12 Aug 14

MMM444 says...

Is that the bloke off the telly who turns green if you upset him ??
Is that the bloke off the telly who turns green if you upset him ?? MMM444
  • Score: 2

8:43am Tue 12 Aug 14

Controversial But True says...

MMM444 wrote:
Is that the bloke off the telly who turns green if you upset him ??
No, but is the face of someone constipated from too much rice and pasta!

Wait till he blows off!!
[quote][p][bold]MMM444[/bold] wrote: Is that the bloke off the telly who turns green if you upset him ??[/p][/quote]No, but is the face of someone constipated from too much rice and pasta! Wait till he blows off!! Controversial But True
  • Score: 7

8:48am Tue 12 Aug 14

60plus says...

God he's lucky to find a police station open,you can't find one in Poole.
God he's lucky to find a police station open,you can't find one in Poole. 60plus
  • Score: 31

9:53am Tue 12 Aug 14

speedy231278 says...

I expect they'd have let him off if it was doughnuts rather than rice or pasta....
I expect they'd have let him off if it was doughnuts rather than rice or pasta.... speedy231278
  • Score: 6

4:59pm Tue 12 Aug 14

DickP says...

Lucky he wasn't in the Metropolitan area. They would probably have shot him in the head as they have in the past to others. Instead, good old common-sense basic community policing won the day. Well done, Dorset.
Lucky he wasn't in the Metropolitan area. They would probably have shot him in the head as they have in the past to others. Instead, good old common-sense basic community policing won the day. Well done, Dorset. DickP
  • Score: 3

10:43pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Yankee1 says...

He should try that in the US. In a major city.

He would be lasered into submission, and, if he kept on, he would be shot dead by a SWAT team. It focuses the minds, even of drunks, that stupid actions have reactions. (I am not advocating it. Simply stating a fact.) Clearly, he views UK police as a joke.

Spared jail? Fine. But make him pay every penny this silly incident occurred. Every penny.
He should try that in the US. In a major city. He would be lasered into submission, and, if he kept on, he would be shot dead by a SWAT team. It focuses the minds, even of drunks, that stupid actions have reactions. (I am not advocating it. Simply stating a fact.) Clearly, he views UK police as a joke. Spared jail? Fine. But make him pay every penny this silly incident occurred. Every penny. Yankee1
  • Score: -1

12:56am Wed 13 Aug 14

Bob49 says...

"he had been working to address his issues with alcohol. "

more sanitised twaddle

he is a p**s head who needs to grow up
"he had been working to address his issues with alcohol. " more sanitised twaddle he is a p**s head who needs to grow up Bob49
  • Score: -5

7:50am Wed 13 Aug 14

caz_grant says...

Because you all know so much about Grant you feel free to comment. As Grant's partner I would like to say that Grant's alcoholism and depression (and we all have a better idea of how serious that can be after recent headlines) would never have started if Dorset police hadn't persecuted Grant to such a degree that a sergeant of Wareham station was demoted and charged with gross misconduct!

Yankee1: you Americans and your guns, have you learnt nothing??

To the Echo: I notice that a previous post defending Grant has been removed.... where is the fair and balanced approach to the news in that? I wonder how long this post will stay up??
Because you all know so much about Grant you feel free to comment. As Grant's partner I would like to say that Grant's alcoholism and depression (and we all have a better idea of how serious that can be after recent headlines) would never have started if Dorset police hadn't persecuted Grant to such a degree that a sergeant of Wareham station was demoted and charged with gross misconduct! Yankee1: you Americans and your guns, have you learnt nothing?? To the Echo: I notice that a previous post defending Grant has been removed.... where is the fair and balanced approach to the news in that? I wonder how long this post will stay up?? caz_grant
  • Score: 14

3:07pm Wed 13 Aug 14

speedy231278 says...

caz_grant wrote:
Because you all know so much about Grant you feel free to comment. As Grant's partner I would like to say that Grant's alcoholism and depression (and we all have a better idea of how serious that can be after recent headlines) would never have started if Dorset police hadn't persecuted Grant to such a degree that a sergeant of Wareham station was demoted and charged with gross misconduct!

Yankee1: you Americans and your guns, have you learnt nothing??

To the Echo: I notice that a previous post defending Grant has been removed.... where is the fair and balanced approach to the news in that? I wonder how long this post will stay up??
Would that have been the post making very serious and specific allegations about the conduct of specific police officers? Perhaps they were removed to spare the poster the possibility of libel?
[quote][p][bold]caz_grant[/bold] wrote: Because you all know so much about Grant you feel free to comment. As Grant's partner I would like to say that Grant's alcoholism and depression (and we all have a better idea of how serious that can be after recent headlines) would never have started if Dorset police hadn't persecuted Grant to such a degree that a sergeant of Wareham station was demoted and charged with gross misconduct! Yankee1: you Americans and your guns, have you learnt nothing?? To the Echo: I notice that a previous post defending Grant has been removed.... where is the fair and balanced approach to the news in that? I wonder how long this post will stay up??[/p][/quote]Would that have been the post making very serious and specific allegations about the conduct of specific police officers? Perhaps they were removed to spare the poster the possibility of libel? speedy231278
  • Score: 0

11:30pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Yankee1 says...

caz_grant wrote:
Because you all know so much about Grant you feel free to comment. As Grant's partner I would like to say that Grant's alcoholism and depression (and we all have a better idea of how serious that can be after recent headlines) would never have started if Dorset police hadn't persecuted Grant to such a degree that a sergeant of Wareham station was demoted and charged with gross misconduct!

Yankee1: you Americans and your guns, have you learnt nothing??

To the Echo: I notice that a previous post defending Grant has been removed.... where is the fair and balanced approach to the news in that? I wonder how long this post will stay up??
Our guns?

I recall a young innocent Brazilian who might like to enlighten you about police and guns, if he were alive:

http://en.wikipedia.
org/wiki/Death_of_Je
an_Charles_de_Meneze
s

The UK is violent in the extreme. Look at the stats for knife crime...and crime in general. Don'y come across as all pure and virginal. Case in point: I was a student in NYC in the early 1970s, when it was a dangerous
place. I had no issues. I was twice attacked with violence as a graduate student in Oxford, a few years later.

Given this world, I would prefer to live where I can exert reasonable force to protect my life, my family's, and my property, than quiver before a 'police' that cannot even remove travelers from public property and will arrest me if I utter any admonishment about them or defend my family should they threaten them.

You have lost lost the plot, my friend. You are a sheep, and sheep are always the victim. As is your partner, so it would seem. Get with it; think clearly.
[quote][p][bold]caz_grant[/bold] wrote: Because you all know so much about Grant you feel free to comment. As Grant's partner I would like to say that Grant's alcoholism and depression (and we all have a better idea of how serious that can be after recent headlines) would never have started if Dorset police hadn't persecuted Grant to such a degree that a sergeant of Wareham station was demoted and charged with gross misconduct! Yankee1: you Americans and your guns, have you learnt nothing?? To the Echo: I notice that a previous post defending Grant has been removed.... where is the fair and balanced approach to the news in that? I wonder how long this post will stay up??[/p][/quote]Our guns? I recall a young innocent Brazilian who might like to enlighten you about police and guns, if he were alive: http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Death_of_Je an_Charles_de_Meneze s The UK is violent in the extreme. Look at the stats for knife crime...and crime in general. Don'y come across as all pure and virginal. Case in point: I was a student in NYC in the early 1970s, when it was a dangerous place. I had no issues. I was twice attacked with violence as a graduate student in Oxford, a few years later. Given this world, I would prefer to live where I can exert reasonable force to protect my life, my family's, and my property, than quiver before a 'police' that cannot even remove travelers from public property and will arrest me if I utter any admonishment about them or defend my family should they threaten them. You have lost lost the plot, my friend. You are a sheep, and sheep are always the victim. As is your partner, so it would seem. Get with it; think clearly. Yankee1
  • Score: 0

11:30pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Yankee1 says...

caz_grant wrote:
Because you all know so much about Grant you feel free to comment. As Grant's partner I would like to say that Grant's alcoholism and depression (and we all have a better idea of how serious that can be after recent headlines) would never have started if Dorset police hadn't persecuted Grant to such a degree that a sergeant of Wareham station was demoted and charged with gross misconduct!

Yankee1: you Americans and your guns, have you learnt nothing??

To the Echo: I notice that a previous post defending Grant has been removed.... where is the fair and balanced approach to the news in that? I wonder how long this post will stay up??
Our guns?

I recall a young innocent Brazilian who might like to enlighten you about police and guns, if he were alive:

http://en.wikipedia.
org/wiki/Death_of_Je
an_Charles_de_Meneze
s

The UK is violent in the extreme. Look at the stats for knife crime...and crime in general. Don'y come across as all pure and virginal. Case in point: I was a student in NYC in the early 1970s, when it was a dangerous
place. I had no issues. I was twice attacked with violence as a graduate student in Oxford, a few years later.

Given this world, I would prefer to live where I can exert reasonable force to protect my life, my family's, and my property, than quiver before a 'police' that cannot even remove travelers from public property and will arrest me if I utter any admonishment about them or defend my family should they threaten them.

You have lost lost the plot, my friend. You are a sheep, and sheep are always the victim. As is your partner, so it would seem. Get with it; think clearly.
[quote][p][bold]caz_grant[/bold] wrote: Because you all know so much about Grant you feel free to comment. As Grant's partner I would like to say that Grant's alcoholism and depression (and we all have a better idea of how serious that can be after recent headlines) would never have started if Dorset police hadn't persecuted Grant to such a degree that a sergeant of Wareham station was demoted and charged with gross misconduct! Yankee1: you Americans and your guns, have you learnt nothing?? To the Echo: I notice that a previous post defending Grant has been removed.... where is the fair and balanced approach to the news in that? I wonder how long this post will stay up??[/p][/quote]Our guns? I recall a young innocent Brazilian who might like to enlighten you about police and guns, if he were alive: http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Death_of_Je an_Charles_de_Meneze s The UK is violent in the extreme. Look at the stats for knife crime...and crime in general. Don'y come across as all pure and virginal. Case in point: I was a student in NYC in the early 1970s, when it was a dangerous place. I had no issues. I was twice attacked with violence as a graduate student in Oxford, a few years later. Given this world, I would prefer to live where I can exert reasonable force to protect my life, my family's, and my property, than quiver before a 'police' that cannot even remove travelers from public property and will arrest me if I utter any admonishment about them or defend my family should they threaten them. You have lost lost the plot, my friend. You are a sheep, and sheep are always the victim. As is your partner, so it would seem. Get with it; think clearly. Yankee1
  • Score: 0

11:30pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Yankee1 says...

caz_grant wrote:
Because you all know so much about Grant you feel free to comment. As Grant's partner I would like to say that Grant's alcoholism and depression (and we all have a better idea of how serious that can be after recent headlines) would never have started if Dorset police hadn't persecuted Grant to such a degree that a sergeant of Wareham station was demoted and charged with gross misconduct!

Yankee1: you Americans and your guns, have you learnt nothing??

To the Echo: I notice that a previous post defending Grant has been removed.... where is the fair and balanced approach to the news in that? I wonder how long this post will stay up??
Our guns?

I recall a young innocent Brazilian who might like to enlighten you about police and guns, if he were alive:

http://en.wikipedia.
org/wiki/Death_of_Je
an_Charles_de_Meneze
s

The UK is violent in the extreme. Look at the stats for knife crime...and crime in general. Don'y come across as all pure and virginal. Case in point: I was a student in NYC in the early 1970s, when it was a dangerous
place. I had no issues. I was twice attacked with violence as a graduate student in Oxford, a few years later.

Given this world, I would prefer to live where I can exert reasonable force to protect my life, my family's, and my property, than quiver before a 'police' that cannot even remove travelers from public property and will arrest me if I utter any admonishment about them or defend my family should they threaten them.

You have lost lost the plot, my friend. You are a sheep, and sheep are always the victim. As is your partner, so it would seem. Get with it; think clearly.
[quote][p][bold]caz_grant[/bold] wrote: Because you all know so much about Grant you feel free to comment. As Grant's partner I would like to say that Grant's alcoholism and depression (and we all have a better idea of how serious that can be after recent headlines) would never have started if Dorset police hadn't persecuted Grant to such a degree that a sergeant of Wareham station was demoted and charged with gross misconduct! Yankee1: you Americans and your guns, have you learnt nothing?? To the Echo: I notice that a previous post defending Grant has been removed.... where is the fair and balanced approach to the news in that? I wonder how long this post will stay up??[/p][/quote]Our guns? I recall a young innocent Brazilian who might like to enlighten you about police and guns, if he were alive: http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Death_of_Je an_Charles_de_Meneze s The UK is violent in the extreme. Look at the stats for knife crime...and crime in general. Don'y come across as all pure and virginal. Case in point: I was a student in NYC in the early 1970s, when it was a dangerous place. I had no issues. I was twice attacked with violence as a graduate student in Oxford, a few years later. Given this world, I would prefer to live where I can exert reasonable force to protect my life, my family's, and my property, than quiver before a 'police' that cannot even remove travelers from public property and will arrest me if I utter any admonishment about them or defend my family should they threaten them. You have lost lost the plot, my friend. You are a sheep, and sheep are always the victim. As is your partner, so it would seem. Get with it; think clearly. Yankee1
  • Score: 0

11:45pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Yankee1 says...

Sorry that was posted twice. But delighted that it was posted once!

I have a friend in a town not all that far from Swanage who felt the need to keep a cricket bat by his front door, in case a 'visitor' had less that pure intentions upon his wife or property. (His wife has been previously accosted by an intruder.) On one occasion he had cause to take the bat outside to see off an intruder who tried to break in. The police were passing by, let the intruder escape, but caught and prosecuted him for carrying an offensive weapon with intent. He never left his property.

Just keeping the bat by the front door is an offense, if the police find out you intend to use it for self defense.

That, my friend, is the nonsense. The victim will be victimized; it is all so easy and all so politically correct. Try to remonstrate with a traveler in Creekmoor, and see who The Bill arrests! The last thing the police wants is a public who know their right to self defense or protecting their property. It makes them feel inadequate.

The difference between the US and the UK is that the former won its national self through force of arms. Rebellion. The UK never has (the Civil War was a failed attempt at rebellion). The UK people are compliant and accept the rule of authority, which is why Thomas Paine is, to this day, a dangerous figure to those who prefer the status quo. The only part of the UK that has any such desire is Scotland, whose resolve will soon be tested.

Subjects subject themselves. Citizens demand rights. Where is your Bill of Rights? Where?
Sorry that was posted twice. But delighted that it was posted once! I have a friend in a town not all that far from Swanage who felt the need to keep a cricket bat by his front door, in case a 'visitor' had less that pure intentions upon his wife or property. (His wife has been previously accosted by an intruder.) On one occasion he had cause to take the bat outside to see off an intruder who tried to break in. The police were passing by, let the intruder escape, but caught and prosecuted him for carrying an offensive weapon with intent. He never left his property. Just keeping the bat by the front door is an offense, if the police find out you intend to use it for self defense. That, my friend, is the nonsense. The victim will be victimized; it is all so easy and all so politically correct. Try to remonstrate with a traveler in Creekmoor, and see who The Bill arrests! The last thing the police wants is a public who know their right to self defense or protecting their property. It makes them feel inadequate. The difference between the US and the UK is that the former won its national self through force of arms. Rebellion. The UK never has (the Civil War was a failed attempt at rebellion). The UK people are compliant and accept the rule of authority, which is why Thomas Paine is, to this day, a dangerous figure to those who prefer the status quo. The only part of the UK that has any such desire is Scotland, whose resolve will soon be tested. Subjects subject themselves. Citizens demand rights. Where is your Bill of Rights? Where? Yankee1
  • Score: 0

12:24pm Thu 14 Aug 14

hagridsbaby says...

I understand depression can make you do silly things, but maybe having some remorse afterwards for your actions would be a start in helping people try and understand you. Posting on your FB page about the court proceedings

"what really grips my **** is I gotta pay each copper £100 compensation!! ... Its not the cost,its that I gotta pay em at all!"

Just shows that you are not sorry for your actions at all, I think that £100 compensation for each of the 3 police plus your fine and the costs is very low, be grateful!
I understand depression can make you do silly things, but maybe having some remorse afterwards for your actions would be a start in helping people try and understand you. Posting on your FB page about the court proceedings "what really grips my **** is I gotta pay each copper £100 compensation!! ... Its not the cost,its that I gotta pay em at all!" Just shows that you are not sorry for your actions at all, I think that £100 compensation for each of the 3 police plus your fine and the costs is very low, be grateful! hagridsbaby
  • Score: 2

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