Clapton Man Pleads Guilty to Terrorist Phone Hoax

A 22 year old man has pleaded guilty to three offences.  Asif Butt of Elmcroft Street, Lower Clapton, E5, was caught after making three calls to the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 22 April last year. Using a false name and details, he told police that nail bombs were being made at a house on Rushmore Road in Hackney and gave his own, name Asif Butt as the suspect.

Using a false name and details, Butt told police that nail bombs were being made at a house on Rushmore Road in Hackney and gave his own, name Asif Butt as the suspect.  Officers from the Met Police Counter Terrorism Command went to the scene and traced the number to a phone box. CCTV revealed that Butt himself had made the calls. He was arrested near the phone box shortly after.

His house was searched later that day and on 23 April he was charged with making a bomb hoax contrary to the Criminal Law Act 1977.

During the course of the investigation, officers linked him to two further offences of making hoax calls to police.  On New Year’s Eve 2008 Butt, again using bogus details, gave police a false tip that a man named Asif Butt was about to commit an armed robbery at the Nationwide in London, E8. An armed unit was sent to the area and police contacted the manager of the branch to warn him.

Butt also made two 999 calls on 9 April 2009, to say a group of young men were firing off a gun in Homerton. Armed police responded to the call and stopped the group, which included Butt. Four were searched by local officers who found nothing on them.

Butt pleaded guilty to one count of making a bomb hoax in relation to the three calls of 22nd April and two counts of public nuisance at Snaresbrook Crown Court on 22 February.

He also pleaded not guilty to one count of making a bomb hoax and one count of public nuisance, which were ordered to lie on file.

He was released on bail to be sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court on 26 March.

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