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Man Jailed for Sparking Bomb Scare at UK Vaccine Plant

A man with an “obsessive interest” in Covid-19 has been jailed after sending a suspicious package to a vaccine factory and sparking a bomb scare. Anthony Collins, 54, also sent similar parcels to 10 Downing Street and a laboratory in Wuhan in China, among others, a court heard. Production of the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab at premises in Wrexham in Wales ground to a halt in January, causing “mayhem”. Collins, from Kent, appeared at Maidstone Crown Court on Wednesday for sentencing after being found guilty of dispatching an article by post with the intention of inducing the belief it is likely to explode or ignite. His trial heard that police were called and the Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit—bomb squad—was dispatched to the scene at the Wockhardt vaccine plant on January 27. Only after the package had been detonated behind a 100m cordon could they be sure it contained no explosive …

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