Sunderland bus bomb hoaxer is jailed

Hoaxer Dexter Ferguson
Hoaxer Dexter Ferguson
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A SERIAL criminal made a chilling call to police telling them there was a bomb on a Sunderland-bound bus.

In a scene straight from a Hollywood blockbuster, Dexter Ferguson said “there’s a bomb” on a Stagecoach bus travelling from Durham.

However, the call was a hoax, which saw him jailed for communicating false information.

Sunderland Magistrates’ Court heard how Ferguson called police on October 7. Officers snared him when they recognised his voice on a recording of the telephone conversation.

Ferguson, who has previously suffered alcohol problems, was jailed for eight days.

Stagecoach declined to comment on the case.

The conviction added to an ever-lengthening list of previous offences for Ferguson, of Guildford Street, Hendon, and came just weeks after he was handed a life-time Asbo.

He became the first person in the North East to receive an antisocial behaviour order in 1999.

Ferguson has appeared in court each year for the past two decades, spending time in prison for repeated drunken thuggery and thefts.

Last month, Recorder Jonathan Sandiford gave Ferguson, who has been convicted 116 times, the lifetime Asbo.

At Newcastle Crown Court, the judge said the order was made in an effort to “protect people in the area of Sunderland”.

Ferguson, who is banned from every pub in Sunderland city centre and east end, was described as a “volatile” person who is obstructive towards police and who the public may be reluctant to report through fear of repercussions.

Ferguson had to abide by five rules set out in the Asbo, which he was made to sign before he left court.

The judge said if Ferguson’s behaviour improved, his legal team could make an application to the court to have the Asbo amended or lifted.

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