Teenager’s hoax bomb threats caused 400 British schools to be evacuated and plane to be quarantined

George Duke-Cohan, 19, was arrested days after his threats – carried out from behind a computer screen – resulted in thousands of pupils and staff having to walk out of hundreds of British schools in March this year. The Telegraph reports

Weeks later, whilst still under investigation, he sent a mass email to schools in the UK and the US claiming that pipe bombs had been planted on the premises.

Then on August 9, the hacker group known as Apophis Squad claimed on their Twitter page that flight UAL 949 had been grounded due to their actions.

National Crime Agency investigators working with the FBI identified that whilst on pre-charge bail for the threats to schools, Duke-Cohan made bomb threats to the US-bound flight via phone calls to San Francisco Airport and their Bureau police.

In a recording of one of the phone calls which was made while the plane was in the air, he takes on the persona of a worried father and claims his daughter contacted him from the flight to say it had been hijacked by gunmen, one of whom had a bomb.

Yesterday, at Luton Magistrates Court, Duke-Cohan, of Hertfordshire, pleaded guilty to three counts of making hoax bomb threats following an investigation by the National crime Agency.

In an operation supported by Hertfordshire Police, Duke-Cohan was arrested by NCA officers for the third time at his home in Watford on Friday 31 August.

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