Welsh LIberal Democrat councillor charged with causing an explosion

The BBC reports:

A councillor has been charged with causing an explosion after a series of blasts saw residents evacuated from homes in the north Wales town of Denbigh.

Liberal Democrat John Larsen, 46, from Lenten Pool, was arrested on Friday.

He is due to appear at Prestatyn Magistrates’ Court later on Monday.

Residents in Lenten Pool were evacuated from their homes on Friday night and again on Saturday after police and army explosive experts searched a house.

The incidents have been concentrated around the Lenten Pool area of Denbigh

North Wales Police said Mr Larsen, who represents the Central ward, was charged with causing an explosion likely to endanger life or damage property.

A spokesman added that Mr Larsen had been refused bail.


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  • Melanie Harvey 22nd Apr '13 - 2:16pm

    The explosion was caused how exactly.. a bomb ? If so type etc. ?

  • SaveCleggHe'sInMess 22nd Apr '13 - 2:21pm

    What’ll his defence be if he ends up in court ?

    It’s all Labour’s fault ?

  • David Allen 22nd Apr '13 - 3:03pm

    A record of action, a promise of more?

  • Peter Watson 22nd Apr '13 - 3:49pm

    @SaveCleggHe’sInMess “What’ll his defence be if he ends up in court ? It’s all Labour’s fault ?”

    Or that he successfully prevented the Tories from creating an even larger explosion?
    VAT bombshell anybody?

  • paul barker 22nd Apr '13 - 4:03pm

    Whats the word for people who make silly jokes about bombs, days after Boston ?

  • I’d heard the party was bombing in the polls, but I didn’t expect this.

  • SaveCleggHe'sInMess 22nd Apr '13 - 4:32pm

    @Paul Barker

    I give up, what is the word for people who make silly jokes about bombs days after Boston ?

    You’re obviously not a Liberal who believes in free speech then ?

  • Well, Paul, they’d all be arrested by now if we are in America – the land of the free, where they have all lost their sense of humour!!

  • Peter Watson 22nd Apr '13 - 5:17pm

    @paul barker “Whats the word for people who make silly jokes about bombs, days after Boston ?”
    Bombs and explosions kill people around the world on a weekly if not daily basis. Was it wrong for our party to use the image of a bomb to make a point about Tory tax plans in an election campaign while civilians were dying in Iraq or is it only in poor taste when the victims are Americans and Britons?

  • David Allen 22nd Apr '13 - 5:58pm

    Jokes about bombs are offensive if they might possibly be taken to indicate a real threat, or, if they refer to an event where people have actually been hurt. Not otherwise. (Loud groans due to the poor quality of the humour are, however, not unreasonable!)

  • paul barker 22nd Apr '13 - 8:20pm

    @Peter Watson, as a general rule I am against the use of violent imagery, it helps make actual violence easier. No one ever had their legs blown off by a Tax Rise.
    On the actual case, charges have been made & bail refused so unless The Police are massively overeacting this is a serious case, presumably involving a genuine risk of harm. I know nothing about the details & if anyone else knows anything they are (quite rightly) saying nothing. We should all wait to see what all this about.
    If this was my blog I would have closed comments from the start.

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