/Jail for damage and school bomb threat campaign over vaccines

Jail for damage and school bomb threat campaign over vaccines

A man responsible for a string of bomb threats around the Truro area – including one at a secondary school – has been jailed.

Rodney Peasley, 66, carried out the threats in opposition to Covid vaccinations to children.

Peasley, of Radnor Road in Scorrier, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence having pleaded guilty to three bomb threats and four counts of criminal damage carried out at a Covid vaccination centre.

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Prosecuting the case, Nicholas Lewin described how the bomb threats took place on November 19.

Firstly, shortly before 9am, Peasley left a voicemail message with Richard Lander School at Truro saying it needed to be cleared. He followed up with a second call, informing a receptionist that several bomb devices had been left at the school.

That same morning Peasley called Kernow Health CIC – the body responsible for the school immunisation project and involved in vaccinations at Richard Lander due to take place that day.

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Peasley claimed that bombs had been placed on multiple vehicles and they would randomly detonate that morning.

The threats were understandably taken seriously and the school was evacuated, a number of health service venues locked down and a major incident declared.

The calls were traced to a pay-as-you go mobile that Peasley was pictured on CCTV topping up in a local shop.

The criminal damage charges related to an external Covid vaccination marquee at Mount Hawke Surgery.

Peasley was seen slashing the marquee, spraying graffiti and placing a smoke pellet inside. He also sprayed graffiti over CCTV cameras. The total cost of the criminal damage was put at £16,000. Read more about that here.

Representing Peasley, who has worked with young people throughout his life, Robin Smith said his client wasn’t an anti-vaxxer per se, just against the massed vaccination of young people without them or their parents being properly informed.

Mr Smith said: “He accepts he acted in a completely inexcusable way and apologised to the school a few days later. He is a man who genuinely and sincerely and deeply cares about the welfare and safety of young people. He expresses remorse and shame and no court will ever see this man again.”

The bomb threat at Richard Lander School was found to be not credible by police
The bomb threat at Richard Lander School was found to be not credible by police

Sentencing Peasley, His Honour Justice Garnham said: “It is clear this was all part of a co-ordinated attack on premises involved in the vital work of providing vaccination services in Cornwall.

“Bomb threats put ordinary people, going about their day-to-day business in fear of their lives.”

Justice Garnham noted Peasley’s mitigation, namely his early plea, his genuine remorse, his good character and the fact he had given much to young people during his life.

Despite the mitigation, Peasley was jailed for 21 months.

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