Man appears in court accused of making explosive in shopping centre

Fishergate Shopping Centre
Fishergate Shopping Centre

A man accused of making an explosive device found in a bin in a Preston shopping centre has made his first appearance before the courts.

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 green zip up hoodie the 24-year old, who has short brown hair, stood in the dock at Preston Magistrates' Court flanked by two guards.

He nodded twice to confirm his name and address but did not speak.

Two mental health team workers watched the proceedings from the public gallery.

Prosecuting, Martine Connah asked for the case to be adjourned to January 14 for legal reasons.

Defending, Paolo Passerini said a bail application may be made in due course, but the bench remanded him in custody until his next appearance.

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

Rutherford is understood to live with his mother.