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Man jailed over bomb scare which halted AstraZeneca vaccine factory

Telegraph, 24 Nov 2021
A man with an "obsessive interest" in Covid-19 has been jailed after sending a suspicious package to a vaccine factory and sparking a bomb scare.

Anthony Collins, 54, also sent similar parcels to 10 Downing Street and a laboratory in Wuhan in China, among others, a court heard.

Production of the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab at premises in Wrexham in Wales ground to a halt in January, causing "mayhem".

Collins, from Kent, appeared at Maidstone Crown Court on Wednesday for sentencing after being found guilty of dispatching an article by post with the intention of inducing the belief it is likely to explode or ignite.

The parcel caused 120 factory workers to be evacuated from the site and vaccine production to be paused.

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