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North Wales Daily Post
Nov 13 2007
by Gareth Hughes, Daily Post
A BOMB hoaxer whose voice became so familiar to store staff that they called her by her first name was yesterday given a suspended jail sentence.
Mandy Mitchell, 43, was also made the subject of a restraining order barring her indefinitely from contacting or entering any Marks & Spencer store in the country.
Last month, Mitchell, of Meredith Crescent, Rhyl, pleaded guilty to harassment by giving false information between March 2006 and August this year.
James Neary, prosecuting at Prestatyn Magistrates Court, said that in that time, 31 calls were made claiming that a bomb had been planted at the Rhyl store.
“The company had to take them seriously and on three occasions the store was evacuated. On every other occasion the police were notified and thorough checks were made to ensure there was no risk to the public,” he said.
On three occasions when calls were made in June and July, Mitchell was caught on CCTV leaving telephone kiosks in Prince Edward Avenue, High Street and Wellington Road, Rhyl.
When arrested she admitted making those three calls and said she was being victimised by store staff. She made the calls, she said, because she was depressed and on medication.
Mr Neary told the court that one member of staff who took one call warning about a bomb having been planted asked the caller “Why?”
The caller replied: “I don’t like you”, and when the employee again asked “Why?” the reply was “It’s Mandy”.
Andy Hutchinson, defending, said his client was so familiar to store staff that when some of the calls were received officers merely called at her home to tell her to stop.
She was given a maximum sentence of six months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, a two-year supervision order and an indefinite restraining order.