This post was first published by My London on 26/02/2020.
The man who made six bomb threats at busy shops in Croydon , Sutton and nearby in Banstead and Epsom over the space of a week has been named after he admitted the crimes.
Christopher Butterfield, 63, pleaded guilty to making six bomb hoaxes at Croydon Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (February 26).
Butterfield, of Tadworth, in Surrey, made the hoax threats against Croydon’s Ikea on the Purley Way, Asda in Wallington on two days in a row and other shops.
Met Police investigated the six hoaxes with Surrey Police.
Officers were initially alerted to Asda on Beddington Lane, at 11.46am on Sunday, February 16, when a bomb threat was made.
The supermarket was evacuated and the busy Beddington Lane road was temporarily closed while officers investigated.
A second bomb threat was made at the same supermarket the following day (Monday, February 17) at 1.48pm.
Again the store was evacuated.
Then on Friday (February 21) Surrey Police were alerted to three bomb threats.
Officers were firstly called to a shop on Sutton High Street at 11am, then a supermarket on Banstead High Street at 11.30am before finally being alerted to a threat at a supermarket in Kiln Lane, Epsom.
On each occasion the stores were evacuated, officers attended and searched the areas as a precaution.
The sixth bomb threat was made at Ikea at Valley Retail Park, off Purley Way, on Saturday (February 22).
Huge crowds of shoppers were evacuated at 4.20pm. Customers were reportedly told to drop their shopping and leave as quickly as possible , before waiting in the car park.
Once again police attended and searched the area.
Every incident was stood down when no bomb was found.
Butterfield, of Tadworth in Surrey, was arrested on Monday (February 24).
After pleading guilty in court he was remanded in custody to appear at Croydon Crown Court on a date yet to be set.
Original Article Link: https://www.mylondon.news/news/south-london-news/man-named-who-made-6-17820648