Man In Court Over Reading Oracle Bomb Hoax

2 August 2018, 09:03

Oracle Reading evacuated

A man - accused of a bomb hoax that closed Reading's Oracle shopping centre for a whole day - is due in court.

It was evacuated for most of Tuesday 12 June in June before police later said it wasn't a viable device. The suspect package was found in an area of the shopping centre at around 9am. Police cordons were put in place while officers investigated.

Sergio Costa, aged 46, of Elm Park Road, Reading, was charged on Wednesday 4 July with one count of bomb hoax - placing an article with intent to cause fear of explosion or ignition.

Costa was bailed to appear at Reading Magistrates' Court today.

At the time, Thames Valley Police said:

'We would like to reassure the public that there is no credible threat to safety.

'We would like to thank the public for their patience during this incident which caused disruption to the people of Reading, but it was Thames Valley Police’s priority to ensure the safety of the community.'