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Fife woman sentenced for bomb threats

A woman who made death threats to a high profile politician and bomb threats to a number of well-known locations has been given the first ever Serious Crime Prevention Order (SCPO) to be issued in Scotland.

Isabella Jackson was sentenced to 45 months imprisonment on 25 May 2017 at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court after she pleaded guilty to sending death threats to the then Home Secretary, now Prime Minister, Theresa May as well as the police. She also admitted making bomb threats to Harrods, Edinburgh Airport and King’s Cross Station in London.

The court has now granted the Crown application for the civil order today at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court.

The terms of the order mean that Isabella Jackson is subject of a SCPO for a period of five years beginning from the date she is released from prison. The order restricts the number of communications devices she can own and Police Scotland must be notified of any change of device or account under which one is operated. She must also notify police of all online and social media accounts.

Liam Murphy, Procurator Fiscal for Specialist Casework, said:

"Serious Crime Prevention Orders are a powerful tool to help people convicted of a serious crime from re-offending.

“Today’s order, the first in Scotland under new legislation, shows that prosecutors will use all measures at our disposal to disrupt criminal activity.

“The actions of Isabella Jackson caused major inconvenience, fear and alarm. The prohibitions placed on her today, which allow for intensive monitoring on release, will I hope will give her considerable pause for thought in the future.”