G4S worker who de­manded £1m af­ter bomb threat faces ‘sig­nif­i­cant sen­tence’

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

A G4S em­ployee who sent an anony­mous let­ter to his boss threat­en­ing to blow up vans and de­mand­ing £1m has been warned he faces a “sig­nif­i­cant sen­tence” af­ter be­ing con­victed of black­mail.

Daniel Gar­land, 19, caused work to halt at the cash-han­dling de­pot in Thorn­aby, Teesside, when he posted the men­ac­ing note in Jan­uary say­ing he had planted re­motely-con­trolled “mini-bombs” on ve­hi­cles.

More than 100 po­lice of­fi­cers joined a ma­jor in­quiry across four force ar­eas, cash-in-tran­sit vans were re­called to the de­pot to be searched and the se­cu­rity gi­ant’s losses were put at £15,000, Teesside Crown Court heard.

Gar­land, from Durham Place, Ch­ester-le-Street, County Durham, had ad­mit­ted a bomb hoax charge and was con­victed af­ter a trial of a black­mail of­fence.

The jury heard how branch man­ager Dean Jef­fels was ter­ri­fied when he read the let­ter, which threat­ened to det­o­nate bombs placed on em­ploy­ees’ cars and on work ve­hi­cles.

The let­ter told the man­ager robbers would storm the de­pot with weapons if £1m was not loaded onto a truck out­side the de­pot the next day. It also warned of vis­it­ing a mother and her new-born baby while her part­ner – a G4S em­ployee – was at work.

The note men­tioned a pre­vi­ous armed rob­bery on a van and the let­ter au­thor claimed to be the raider re­spon­si­ble and named two G4S staff who he claimed had passed on in­for­ma­tion.

Gar­land said in his de­fence he had been bul­lied at work and the mo­ti­va­tion for writ­ing the let­ter was merely to get the two named col­leagues into trou­ble, and per­haps a move away from his sec­tion.

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