Jailed, bomb hoaxer who paralysed city

HAMPSHIRE'S top prosecutor said the jailing of hoax bomber Ian Tebbutt sent a clear message to other pranksters: 'You will be dealt with swiftly and severely.'

Tebbutt, of Fathoms Reach, Hayling Island, was sentenced to six months in prison after he admitted making a hoax bomb call just hours after the horrific blasts in London.

His sick prank brought much of Portsmouth's public transport to a halt as police launched a massive security operation – estimated to have cost the taxpayer 80,000.

Hampshire's chief prosecutor Nick Hawkins said: 'These hoax calls are going on around the country and we want to stamp them out.'