Fishergate ‘bomb’ scare accused makes appearance at Preston Crown court

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A man accused of making an explosive device found in a bin in a Preston shopping centre has appeared before a court for a second time.

David Rutherford, 24, of Barry Avenue, Ingol, Preston, is charged with making an explosive with intent to endanger life, injure or damage property.

It follows the discovery of an incendiary device in the men's bathroom at Fishergate Shopping Centre on December 17.

Wearing a grey jumper the 24-year old, who has short brown hair, appeared by video link at Preston Magistrates' Court.

He spoke to confirm his name and address.

Prosecuting, Martine Connah asked for the case to be adjourned to January 14, explaining special permission was needed from the Attorney General to proceed with the charge.

Defending, Paolo Passerini said no bail application was being made.

Deputy District Judge David Scanlon committed the case to Preston Crown Court where he will appear by video link on January 14.

A second man, 27, arrested in connection with the incident remains on police bail.