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Man denies bomb hoax

A MAN has been charged with alerting emergency services and claiming bombs had been planted on two North Sea accommodation vessels.

Gary Docherty, 43, allegedly called coastguards repeatedly to say two incendiary devices were set to explode on the barges moored at Lerwick used to house gas plant workers and Sodexo company staff.

Prosecutors at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court said Docherty was formerly employed by Sodexo.

Docherty of Saltcoats, Ayrshire, denies threatening or abusive behaviour at his home in the town on 17 March last year.

He also denies texting a man the day before the alleged offence and threatening to rape him and his children.

Docherty’s case was continued for trial in July.

Campbell Thomas