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Groom who halted own wedding with bomb hoax jailed

LONDON — A forgetful British bridegroom who made a hoax bomb threat rather than admit he’d neglected to book the venue for his wedding has been sentenced to a year in jail.

Neil McArdle called Liverpool’s St. George’s Hall from a phone booth on his scheduled wedding day in April, claiming a bomb was due to go off in 45 minutes.

His fiancee, Amy Williams, was left standing in the street in her wedding gown while the building was evacuated.

McArdle was arrested and admitted that he made the call because he had forgotten to fill out the paperwork for the wedding.

On Tuesday a judge at Liverpool Crown Court in northwest England sentenced him to 12 months in jail.

Defense lawyer Charles Lander said McArdle and Williams are still together.



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