Man admits bomb scare at centre

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A Sudbury man has admitted causing a bomb scare at a Sudbury leisure centre on Friday.

Police were called to the Kingfisher Leisure Centre in Station Road at around 9.45pm after reports that a man had entered the centre and thrown a small ignited item into a room, having threatened a member of staff at around 8pm.

The item was extinguished immediately and no damage was caused or injuries sustained during the attack.

James Hasler, 33, from Woodhall Road, was arrested by police shortly afterwards and charged with a bomb hoax offence, as well as the production and possession of cannabis.

Police placed a cordon around the leisure centre to keep members of the public safe while they carried out initial investigations into the incident but this was lifted on Friday night.

Hasler appeared at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Monday, where he pleaded guilty to the charges.

He was released on unconditional bail and will be sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court at a later date.