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A man has appeared in court accused of leaving a crude home-made bomb in a Preston shopping centre.
David Rutherford, who is 24 and from Preston, was remanded in custody for 14 days after a brief appearance at Preston Magistrates' Court.
Mr Rutherford was arrested on Wednesday after an incendiary device was found in toilets at the Fishergate Shopping Centre in Preston at 9am on December 17.
The city centre shopping complex was evacuated by police. The device had ignited but did not explode or cause damage or injury.
Mr. Rutherford is charged with unlawfully and maliciously making an explosive substance, an improvised incendiary device with intent to endanger life or cause serious damage to property or enable another to do so.
No pleas were entered and there was no application for bail. There will be a further hearing by videolink on January 8, before Rutherford is brought back to court on January 14.
Police have arrested a man in Preston after an explosive device was found at the city's Fishergate shopping centre earlier this month.
Police were called to the shopping centre on the morning of December 17th after reports a crude incendiary device had been found in the toilets. The device had ignited but caused no injuries.
A 24 year old man from Ingol, Preston was arrested yesterday on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life yesterday afternoon He is currently in custody.
DI Jane Webb from Preston CID said:
“A 24 year old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and we would like to thank the public for their continued support and co-operation at the time of the incident and our subsequent investigation.”
:A 27 year old man from Preston who was also arrested in connection with the investigation was released on police bail until 28th January. At this stage there is not thought to be any connection between the two men."
A sixth person has been arrested by detectives investigating a stabbing in Preston.
A 16-year-old boy was arrested on Tuesday afternoon, December 22, on suspicion of Section 18 wounding.
Five others were arrested after an 18-year-old man from Preston was seriously injured. He remains in a serious but stable condition in the Royal Preston Hospital where he was taken with a single stab wound to his stomach.
Police have been given more time to question a 17 year old from Preston on suspicion of Section 18 wounding. Four other people aged between 13 and 25 and from Preston have been released on bail pending further enquiries.
A 16-year-old boy from Preston arrested yesterday on suspicion of Section 18 wounding has been bailed until March 10 pending further investigation.
A 17-year-old boy charged with Section 18 wounding and possession of a knife appeared before Preston Youth Court on Wednesday morning, December 23.
Police were called around 5pm on Monday, December 21, to reports of a fight behind the Black Horse pub in Orchard Street during which the 18-year-old was stabbed.
Police are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log number 0973 of December 21 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.