A man has been found guilty of causing a bomb threat at a coronavirus vaccine production site in Wales.Anthony Collins of Chatham in Kent believed he would speed up treatment against Covid by dropping off the suspicious package at a factory operated by global pharmaceutical company Wockhardt in Wrexham in January this year.More than 120 personnel were evacuated and the military carried out a controlled explosion after an x-ray at the scene showed there were circuits inside the envelope.
Manufacture of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has been temporarily halted, but the hoax has not resulted in a delay in overall production.
A forensic examination later revealed that the package did not contain a bomb but a receipt from Tesco in Gillingham, a calculator, three triple A batteries and a pair of gardening gloves. It also contained documents on which Collin had written his address.At Maidstone Crown Court, a jury found him guilty of mailing an item with the intent to make it look like it was likely to explode or ignite.
The prosecution said Collins had developed an obsession with Covid and the vaccine believed her childbirth would help “educate” scientists.
The lawsuit was told that the 54-year-old had already sent a package to 10 Downing Street containing a keychain and DVDs, a US airbase in Gloucestershire, Wuhan in China and the leader of North Korea Kim Jong-Un.A previous package, containing a toy police car and a DVD of the 1960s police show Dixon of Dock Green, was sent to Kent Police Headquarters in August 2018, but Collins was never charged.
Collins will be sentenced on November 24.