Man admits West End shop bomb hoax

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A man pleaded guilty today to entering a store in London's West End and threatening to blow himself up.

Malcolm Tripp, 46, was arrested following a stand-off with armed police in Regent Street which brought a large area of the capital's centre to a standstill.

He appeared at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court today and admitted a charge of making a bomb hoax on January 13. A charge of criminal damage was withdrawn.

Tripp, of no fixed address, was remanded in custody by district judge Nicholas Evans to be sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on a date to be fixed, pending psychiatric reports.