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Teen who made hoax bomb threats claimed plane was hijacked – listen to the call

An audio recording of a teenager who sent hoax bomb threats to Cambridgeshire schools has been released of the 19-year-old pranking a United Airlines flight in August this year.

George Duke-Cohan, from Hertfordshire, was jailed for three years after pleading guilty to three counts of making hoax bomb threats at Luton Crown Court today (December 7) after an investigation by the National Crime Agency (NCA).

The NCA has since released an audio recording of Duke-Cohan pretending to be a concerned father who claims his daughter contacted him from the flight to say it had been hijacked by gunmen – one of whom had a bomb.

Duke-Cohan's actions meant that on arrival in San Francisco, the plane was the subject of a significant security operation in a quarantined area of the airport.

All 295 passengers had to remain on board causing disruption to onwards journeys and financial loss to the airline.

George Duke-Cohan

Duke-Cohan also sent bomb threats that resulted in more than 400 schools in the UK being evacuated in March for which he was arrested just days later.

A "large number" of Cambridgeshire schools were affected by the hoax, the county's police force said at the time.

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'He caused serious worry and inconvenience to thousands of people'

NCA senior investigating officer Marc Horsfall said: "George Duke-Cohan made a series of bomb threats that caused serious worry and inconvenience to thousands of people, not least an international airline.

"He carried out these threats hidden behind a computer screen for his own enjoyment, with no consideration for the effect he was having on others.

George Duke-Cohan

"Despite being arrested and having conditions imposed restricting his use of technology, he persistently broke those conditions to continue his wave of violent threats.

"Law enforcement take such offences extremely seriously. The sentence handed down to Duke-Cohan today highlights the consequences of such offending.

"This investigation proves that operating online does not offer offenders anonymity. Duke-Cohan now has a criminal record which will harm his future career prospects and this should act as a deterrent to others."

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