Man admits Newport bomb hoax

First published in Gwent news

A MAN has admitted a bomb hoax which brought Newport city centre to a standstill last year.

Phillip Balmont, of Tyntyla Avenue, Pentre, Rhondda Cynon Taff, pleaded guilty to placing an article with intent in Newport, which led to members of the armed forces having to attend and carry out a controlled detonation.

Balmont, 28, appeared at Newport Crown Court on Friday where he admitted to the crime.

Balmont had been deemed fit to plea and to stand trial and he appeared in the dock assisted by two representatives from the mental health services.

On April 4, 2013, Balmont placed a ‘creatine tub’ with wires attached to it and a plastic bag filled with powder, at the Wickes DIY store on Barrack Hill, Newport. The charge stated he did so intending to cause others to believe it was likely to explode or ignite and cause personal injury or damage to property.

Bomb disposal experts were called in around 11.30am after a suspicious package was found lodged under a fire door of the hardware store near the Harlequin roundabout.

People faced three hours of disruption in Newport with road closures and a 100 metre cordon around the area. After 11.30am, dozens of police vans, ambulances and two fire engines attended and cordoned off the end of Barrack Hill, Evans Street and the top of Malpas Road, blocking traffic to the roundabout. Buses were disrupted and shoppers were unable to return to their cars. Wickes, neighbouring Aldi staff, and nearby residents, were evacuated as a precaution.

An army disposal team was called in and a remote controlled robot was used to blow up the mystery package. Forensics teams then moved in to investigate and emergency service personnel began to leave the scene. Police later confirmed the package was not explosive.

After a guity plea was entered, bail was granted and Judge Daniel Williams ordered that Balmont is admitted to a low security unit, where he must reside while on bail.

Balmont will return to court to be sentenced on March 21.

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6:53am Mon 24 Feb 14

grumpyandopinionated says...

Someone needs to give this guy a slap, not just because of what he did but because I was on a HGV Driving Test when the roads were closed and had to go up some quite narrow streets, didn't help my nerves much.
Someone needs to give this guy a slap, not just because of what he did but because I was on a HGV Driving Test when the roads were closed and had to go up some quite narrow streets, didn't help my nerves much. grumpyandopinionated
  • Score: 10

7:20am Mon 24 Feb 14

Leepod says...

In all fairness he needs to be sectioned, just check out his Facebook page...

https://www.facebook
.com/wifeswapukgmail
com
In all fairness he needs to be sectioned, just check out his Facebook page... https://www.facebook .com/wifeswapukgmail com Leepod
  • Score: 9

8:26am Mon 24 Feb 14

scraptheWAG says...

oh no he coulc have damaged pound land or blew up teh state of the art railway station!!
oh no he coulc have damaged pound land or blew up teh state of the art railway station!! scraptheWAG
  • Score: -21

11:57am Mon 24 Feb 14

squirrelchez says...

I live in one if the streets that was close enough to be affected, but thankfully not quite close enough to need evacuating - it was scary having something like this so close to home. And the controlled detonation was rather loud! All I can say is thank God it was a hoax - but he needs to be locked up and given mental help.
I live in one if the streets that was close enough to be affected, but thankfully not quite close enough to need evacuating - it was scary having something like this so close to home. And the controlled detonation was rather loud! All I can say is thank God it was a hoax - but he needs to be locked up and given mental help. squirrelchez
  • Score: 13

3:44pm Mon 24 Feb 14

keithbob says...

why come to newport to do it and cause major disruption,whats wrong with doing something as stupid as this on his own doorstep or did he have a personal grudge against wickes?.
why come to newport to do it and cause major disruption,whats wrong with doing something as stupid as this on his own doorstep or did he have a personal grudge against wickes?. keithbob
  • Score: 4

5:03pm Mon 24 Feb 14

inkyskin says...

it's always some idiot from the valleys isn't it :/
it's always some idiot from the valleys isn't it :/ inkyskin
  • Score: -1

11:22pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Mike0408 says...

When this was posted in the Argus last year they said it was in a car in the car park
How did it bring the city center to a stand still? The place it happened is about 2 mile from the center. Honestly I can't see how it brought the city center to a stand still as the city center wasn't closed off. But I wasn't out the day it happened so I don't know, I can only assume it didn't.
When this was posted in the Argus last year they said it was in a car in the car park How did it bring the city center to a stand still? The place it happened is about 2 mile from the center. Honestly I can't see how it brought the city center to a stand still as the city center wasn't closed off. But I wasn't out the day it happened so I don't know, I can only assume it didn't. Mike0408
  • Score: -1

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