A "bored" teenager who caused a mass evacuation of householders from a Birmingham residential area after making a hoax bomb call has been sentenced to a ten-month detention and training order.
The army bomb disposal squad were called and residents from 30 addresses had to leave their homes in the early hours of the morning in Stirchley earlier this month after the 16-year-old made and left a "suspicious" package in a street and then called the police.
The youth, from Bournville, had previously admitted charges of placing an article and making a hoax call.
In passing sentence on him at the city's youth court, District Judge Zara said: "They are both enormously serious charges, the reasons being obvious especially in the current climate.
"I have had no adequate explanation for why you went to the trouble of constructing and placing this hoax bomb and then drawing attention to it by calling 999. The only suggestion in the report is that you were bored.
"The disruption that you caused to your neighbours must have been significant.
"I am sure it was a cold night and they were thrown out of their homes without warning, no doubt in fear for their lives and the safety of their property.
"You had the opportunity to tell everybody it was a hoax but did not do that."
Sean Kyne, prosecuting said the 999 call was made at 1.52am on March 2.
The police who went to the scene were directed to what appeared to be a Nike trainers box which had two batteries on top and wires leading from them to the inside of the box.
He said there was writing on the box and that police later found a black marker pen at the youth's home where they also recovered batteries similar to those on the box.
Mr Kyne said when the youth was questioned he said he did not like the police but denied making the hoax.
He said it was treated as an emergency situation and went on: "Residents on that particular road were evacuated and there was a large scale mobilisation of officers."
Mark Curren, defending, said it was an "odd offence" for someone as young as the defendant to commit.