UK Daily Mail
Dec 4, 2010
A businessman has been charged under the Terrorism Act after he broke through a police cordon and tipped open two suspect packages to prove they were harmless.
James Mullan ducked under police tape and emptied old clothes and shoes from bags left in Ipswich town centre after become frustrated by the lengthy wait for a bomb scare to be resolved.
Mullan, a watch repairman, was given a conditional discharge at South East Suffolk magistrates’ court after his ‘reckless’ behaviour¬† last month.
Police closed the market on the Cornhill in Ipswich and evacuated nearby buildings and a market after the bags were found abandoned at 2.30pm on November 17.
Mullan, of Kesgrave, Suffolk, became upset about the closure continuing while police waited for an Army bomb disposal team to arrive from Colchester, Essex.
And at 5.10pm he took the law into his own hands and dodged around police to open the bags in a council customer service centre beside the town hall.
The 62-year-old was arrested when he emerged from the office and told police that the bags were harmless.
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