A deaf man has admitted carrying out a campaign of bomb hoaxes against targets in the US, Canada and the UK, including the Houses of Parliament, the Super Bowl and dozens of schools. Andreas Dowling, 24, of Torpoint, Cornwall, admitted 30 counts of communicating false information with intent between October 2014 and February 2016, after he made a string of hoax bomb threats in Britain, the US, and Canada.
Bristol Crown Court heard that one of the charges relates to bomb threats made against Jewish schools and will be sentenced as 'racially aggravated'. He also pleaded guilty to a single charge of 'encouraging or assisting the commission of an offence believing it would be committed' under the Protection of Children Act 1978. This related to Dowling threatening to 'ruin the life' of a 17-year-old girl in the US unless she sent him nude photographs of herself. The hoaxer was caught following an international investigation led by Counter Terrorism Policing in the South West of England, who teamed up with the FBI and officers in Michigan.