Teenage black­mailer in £1m G4S bomb plot gets 2 years

Daily Express - - NEWS - By Paul Jeeves

A TEENAGER who sent an anony­mous black­mail letter threat­en­ing to blow up se­cu­rity vans be­long­ing to his em­ployer un­less he was paid £1mil­lion was yes­ter­day locked up for two years.

Work at the G4S cash­han­dling de­pot in Thorn­aby, Teesside, was forced to a halt when Daniel Gar­land posted the chill­ing note say­ing he had planted re­mote-con­trolled “mini-bombs” on ve­hi­cles.

Branch man­ager Dean Jef­fels was ter­ri­fied when he opened a letter warn­ing rob­bers would storm the de­pot with weapons if the huge sum of not loaded on to a next day.

More than 100 po­lice of­fi­cers joined a ma­jor in­quiry across four force ar­eas and vans car­ry­ing cash were re­called to de­pots to be searched.

The se­cu­rity gi­ant’s were put at £15,000.

The po­lice op­er­a­tion in Jan­uary sparked by the then 19-yearold’s ac­tions was es­ti­mated to have cost a fur­ther £35,000.

Gar­land, now 20, of Ch­esterle-Street, County Durham, was cash was truck the losses sen­tenced to two years in a young of­fend­ers’ in­sti­tu­tion after ad­mit­ting a bomb hoax charge. He had de­nied black­mail but was con­victed after a trial at Durham Crown Court.

He read out a letter of apol­ogy via a vide­olink from cus­tody.

He said: “I would like to ex­press my heart­felt apolo­gies to the Crown, mem­bers of G4S, the po­lice and any individuals that might have been af­fected by my mind­less and thought­less ac­tions.”

Recorder Euan Duff said: “We live in an age when bombs which can kill or maim are sadly a fea­ture of mod­ern life in the UK. No bomb threat can be taken lightly.”

The judge ac­cepted that he never truly in­tended to make £1mil­lion from the letter, but said his in­ten­tion was to get two col­leagues into trou­ble.

The letter, which Gar­land took pains not to touch with­out gloves, said the two were in­volved in an ear­lier un­solved rob­bery.

Gar­land had claimed he was bul­lied by the pair at work and hoped they might lose their jobs as a re­sult of his plot. But the judge dis­missed the al­le­ga­tion.

Daniel Gar­land at an ear­lier hear­ing and a G4S se­cu­rity van

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