Bomb joke gets boy banned for life

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17 December 2004, MANCHESTER -A boy who joked he had a bomb in his luggage on a flight to Spain got himself and his mum banned by an airline for life.

17 December 2004

MANCHESTER -A boy who joked he had a bomb in his luggage on a flight to Spain got himself and his mum banned by an airline for life.

Ryan Sherwin, 16, was checking in a bag on a flight between Manchster in northern England to Spain when he said: "There’d better not be a bomb in this or I will get battered.”

Security staff called police at Manchester airport.

Sherwin and his mother were barred from the bmibaby flight to Spain — and told never to use the airline again.

Sue Sherwin , of Ashton-in-Makerfield,  Manchester, said: “Ryan was devastated.”

Bmibaby said: “We take any incident like this extremely seriously.”

In a separate case, a woman was jailed for six months after leaving her two young children at home alone in Britain while she went on holiday to Spain with her boyfriend.

The 34-year-old, from Birmingham, England, admitted abandoning the children, who were then aged 12 and six, for several days in November at an earlier hearing.

She also pleaded guilty to leaving them at night while she worked as a barmaid.

Judge Alan Taylor at Birmingham Crown Court said he had to prevent other mothers behaving in the same way.

The woman, who sat sobbing in the dock and clutching a teddy bear throughout the hearing, left for Spain on Tuesday, 16 November and intended to return on the following Saturday.

The children were left with notes about the daily routine, including how to boil water for spaghetti bolognaise and who to call in an emergency.

In interviews with police, the eldest child said she was "scared" at night, while the youngest said he thought his mother was "stupid" for leaving.

He mistakenly thought she had gone to watch the England football team play against Spain in Madrid but, in fact, she was staying at a villa belonging to her boyfriend's parents, the court heard. 

"The shame...will, no doubt, follow her to her dying day," said Alan Parker, defending 

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, came back early to England after police were contacted anonymously about the children's situation and admitted leaving them, following her arrest.

She claimed to have thought it was acceptable to leave them because her daughter was mature.

The woman also admitted leaving the children for long periods at night while she went out to work as a barmaid at a private members' club from April last year.

Parker urged the judge not to jail his client because of the punishment she had already suffered.

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