Tendring praised for support to those affected by flooding threats.
Stansted: Man Admits Bomb Hoax On Plane
A man has admitted making a bomb threat on an aircraft which had to be diverted to Stansted Airport.
49-year-old Alan Patey, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty at Chelmsford Crown Court this morning (Monday 16 December) to communicating false information during a flight on 20 September.
The Sri Lankan Airlines A330 Airbus, which was carrying 267 passengers and crew, was due to land at Heathrow Airport but was diverted to Stansted just after 7.30pm.
Sources said the drama unfolded after a passenger was overheard claiming "something'' was on board the flight in the luggage hold.
James Lachkovic, mitigating for Patey, said his client was unwell at the time of the offence.
Judge Charles Gratwicke adjourned the case for sentencing on 22 January and Patey was remanded back into custody.
Flood-threatened residents have expressed relief on Essex's coast as a feared storm surge failed to deliver the chaos expected.
Evacuees escaping a predicted high tide and severe weather, which could cause mass flooding in a small Essex village, have begun arriving at a rest centre.
See the pictures as people start to escape predicted high tide and severe weather, due to hit Jaywick.
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