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Judge names teenager who brought M3 to standstill


A 17-year-old boy who caused a 12 hour closure of the M3 and £40m worth of damage to the economy has appeared in court.

The judge described Nicholas Elger from Winchester as a "dangerous young man" for throwing two petrol bombs onto the motorway on two occasions in September last year.

Boarding school pupil Nicholas Elger made improvised bombs with ingredients he shoplifted from Tesco and then dropped thew incendiaries onto the M3 motorway from a footbridge, causing comuter chaos.

Today, a judge heard how the 17-year-old admitted possessing the home-made bombs as well as trying to blackmail Winchester College where he was a boarder. He stole computers from the prestigious school and admitted burgling the premises eight times.

Elder, who a judge ordered should be publicly named despite being a juvenile, was remanded into the care of a psychiatric hospital while reports were carried out on him.

The teenager previously attended the illustrious Winchester College boarding school before being expelled and stole computers, iPads, Macbooks and DVD drives to the value of over £70,000.

He sold them on eBay while attempting to blackmail the school for Bitcoin to the value of £20,000.

In the first incident, Elger dropped a device off the bridge during the early hours of September 16. A witness described how she saw the back of a lorry on fire for a period of two to three minutes which she thought had been caused by a fuel problem.

Another witness described how he had to swerve to avoid two fireballs dropped from the bridge simultaneously on lanes two and three.