Police arrest 14-year old for making false bomb threats

Police arrested a 14-year old boy on Wednesday in connection with a series of false bomb threats.

The teenager is suspected to have reported the bomb hoax to the police '999' emergency number several times, starting Tuesday morning.

Officers from Ang Mo Kio Police Division later managed to track down the suspect at his home in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, at about midnight on Wednesday.

Preliminary investigations indicated that the teenager had no intention or means to carry out his threats. Investigations are ongoing.

Under Regulation 8(1) of the United Nations (Anti-Terrorism Measures) Regulations, it is an offence for a person to communicate or make available by any means any information which he knows or believes to be false to another person, with the intention of inducing in him or any other person a false belief that a terrorist act has been, is being or will be carried out.

Anyone found guilty of committing the offence can be fined up to $100,000 or jailed up to five years, or both.

Commander of Ang Mo Kio Police Division, Assistant Commissioner of Police Keok Tong San, commended the officers for the prompt action that led to the successful apprehension of the suspect.

"Making bomb threats is a serious offence. Police take all terrorist threats seriously and will deal sternly with those responsible for perpetuating such offences," he said.