Ex-mayor loses appeal against sentence over bombs

A former mayor who caused a series of explosions in Denbigh today lost an appeal against 18-year prison sentence.

John Larsen set of three car bombs in Denbigh - one saw ball bearings smash the windows of residential buildings. Credit: North Wales Police

John Larsen, 47, was jailed at Mold Crown Court last October after being convicted of three counts of arson, one of causing an explosion likely to endanger life and one of possessing explosives with intent.

Larsen had prepared a series of explosive devices. Credit: North Wales Police

The judge then described his actions as "a sustained campaign of quite deliberate terror" which caused real fear in the town.

His lawyers launched an appeal to reduce what they argued was a "manifestly excessive" sentence, but it was rejected this morning by three Court of Appeal judges.