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Groom gets jail for wedding bomb hoax

LONDON — A forgetful British bridegroom who made a hoax bomb threat rather than admit he had neglected to book the venue for his wedding was sentenced Tuesday 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.

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

McArdle, 36, was arrested the same day and admitted that he made the call because he had forgotten to fill out the paperwork for the wedding.

A judge at Liverpool Crown Court in northwest England sentenced McArdle to 12 months in jail.

Judge Norman Wright said that McArdle had frightened staff at the venue with his hoax — which came days after the Boston Marathon bombings — and let down his fiancee.

‘‘She was getting ready, expecting you were going to be man and wife and a very solemn public event in her life and you knew that was not going to take place,’’ the judge said.

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