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Man sent fake Anthrax to MP; E&S BRIEFING.

A man has admitted sending hoax white powder to Wolverhampton MP Emma Reynolds seven years ago.

Richard Hayes, 40, of no fixed address, sent packages - sometimes marked "Anthrax" - to female MPs and councillors across the country, including Labour representative Mrs Reynolds.

He was linked to the hoaxes after his DNA was taken in 2018, when he was cautioned for harassment.

His handwriting was forensically compared with the writing on 12 of the envelopes and he was arrested by counter-terrorism officers in Barnstaple, Devon, on July 18 this year.

Emma Reynolds He appeared at Exeter Crown Court via video-link on Thursday and admitted 16 charges of making a noxious substance hoax. Hayes sent white powder and packages marked "Anthrax" from Exeter to constituency offices of MPs and local councillors between 2011 and 2014. He sent a package to Ms Reynolds in October, 2012.

Judge Peter Johnson, Honorary Recorder of Exeter, told Hayes: "These are serious matters to which you have pleaded guilty. You will be given the appropriate credit for those guilty pleas but your expectation should be one of a lengthy custodial sentence." He will be sentenced in November after a psychiatric assessment.

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Publication:Express and Star (Wolverhampton, England)
Date:Aug 23, 2019
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