A MAN appeared in court accused of claiming there were bombs at a Merseyside market and a pub.
Kevin James Murphy was in the dock at Wirral magistrates court yesterday facing three charges of communicating false information in relation to bomb hoaxes.
The 60-year-old, of Osborne Grove, Wallasey, is alleged to have made bogus calls warning of a bomb on three separate occasions to the police.
The first charge saw him accused of calling the emergency services at 12.40pm on September 13 last year to say there was a bomb at Birkenhead market.
The second involved a call made from the junction of Burlington Street and Conway Street in Birkenhead on October 3 last year.
Murphy is alleged to have told police on that occasion that there was a bomb in Birkenhead.
The third charge dates back to August 2 last year, before the first two incidents, and involves a hoax call made claiming there was a bomb at the Clairville, a branch of JD Wetherspoon in Liscard Village, Wallasey.
Each count alleges that Murphy communicated to the emergency services information he knew or believed to be false.
At a short hearing yesterday morning, Murphy spoke only to confirm his name, age and address, and to say he did not wish to indicate a plea at this stage.
It was agreed that the case should be heard before the crown court.
Murphy was released on unconditional bail for a hearing there on June 18.