RAF trainee admits causing RAF Cosford bomb scare

An RAF Cosford trainee thought to be suffering from post-traumatic stress has admitted sparking a bomb scare at the airbase.

Christopher Emsley
Christopher Emsley

An RAF Cosford trainee thought to be suffering from post-traumatic stress has admitted sparking a bomb scare at the airbase.

Christopher Emsley, 21, who lives at the base, but comes from nearby Albrighton, triggered a mass evacuation of the Long Lane site after placing the package by a perimeter fence.

Bomb disposal experts were drafted in. At Shrewsbury Crown Court today, Emsley admitted placing an article with intent on July 11 this year.

Mr Paul Smith, for Emsley, said: “It is thought he is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after finding a friend dead about a year ago.”

Judge Robin Onions told Emsley all options, including custody, were open. He will be sentenced in November and was released on conditional bail.