Groom jailed over hoax bomb threat to his wedding venue
Neil McCardle jailed after making bomb call to cover up his failure to book the venue
NEIL MCARDLE was all set to marry Amy Williams, the "love of his life". There was just one problem: he had forgotten to fill out the forms required to book the Liverpool venue where they were due to tie the knot.
Instead of confessing to his fiancé, 36-year-old McCardle went to a phone box at 9am on the day of his wedding and dialled St George's Hall where the Liverpool Registry Office is located.
"This is not a hoax call," he said. "There's a bomb in St George's Hall and it will go off in 45 minutes".
McCardle's call, just 11 days after the 15 April bombing of the Boston Marathon, caused "terror" at the council building, the Daily Mirror reports. It was immediately evacuated and emergency services were summoned.
McCardle's fiancé, Amy Williams, her family and other guests, were left standing outside the building as police swarmed inside.
The building was declared safe after 45 minutes, but by then a member of staff had overheard the groom having a "heated conversation" with the bride's sister.
"You probably done the bomb scare yourself", Williams' sister told the "flustered" groom.
The Mirror says Williams' family were suspicious of McCardle because he had "messed up" a previous wedding to their daughter. They had already telephoned St George's Hall and discovered that he had not made a booking at the registry office. But Williams refused to believe them and turned up at the venue in her wedding dress.
McCardle was arrested after police traced a call he made from his mobile phone asking police to call off the search for a bomb. He admitted to his "embarrassment and shame" that he was responsible for the hoax.
McCardle was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court today to 12 months in jail. His fiancé has "stood by" him and the couple are still together, the court heard. ·