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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.

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

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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.

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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.

Associated Press