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Last Updated: Thursday, 26 July 2007, 11:36 GMT 12:36 UK
Man remanded over Tesco 'threats'
Tesco, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
The supermarket giant was forced to temporarily shut 14 stores
An unemployed man arrested after a series of bomb threats led to the closure of 14 Tesco supermarkets across the country has appeared in court.

Philip McHugh, 51, of Clitheroe, Lancs, was remanded in custody until 8 August by magistrates in Stevenage.

He faces two charges of blackmail and two of making bomb hoaxes.

Hertfordshire police said no other person was being sought in connection with the inquiry. Threats saw Tesco stores evacuated on 14 July.

Stores were temporarily closed in Port Talbot, south Wales; Pontefract, West Yorkshire; Market Harborough and Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire; Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk; Hucknall, Nottinghamshire; Hereford and Ledbury, in Herefordshire; Barnes, south-west London, and in East Renfrewshire and Fife.

The other closures took place in regions covered by the Lancashire and Humberside police forces.

The stores reopened after searches of the buildings and surrounding areas.

Police said Mr McHugh, who will next appear at Luton Crown Court, was arrested in Clitheroe on 23 July.

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