23/02/2007

Letter bomb suspect remanded in custody

A man has been remanded in custody, charged with the recent series of letter bomb attacks in the UK.

Miles Cooper, 27, a primary school caretaker from Cherry Hinton near Cambridge, was arrested on Monday afternoon.

He is charged with 12 offences under the Explosives Substances Act and the Offences Against the Person Act.

Seven of the charges relate to the seven letter bombs, while the other five charges relate to the people who were injured after opening them.

He appeared before Banbury Magistrates' Court in Oxfordshire on Friday and was remanded in custody. He is next due to appear at Oxford Crown Court on March 2.

Nine people have been injured by seven letter bombs, which have been sent to a number of business addresses in the UK since mid-January.

Among the addresses targeted were three forensic science laboratories, Capita in London, which runs the capital's congestion charge, and the DVLA in Swansea.

(KMcA)




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