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 Neil McArdle arrives at Liverpool Crown Court,

Neil McArdle arrives at Liverpool Crown Court,

Neil McArdle arrives at Liverpool Crown Court,

A panicked groom who staged a bomb hoax on his wedding day so his bride would not find out he bungled the booking has been jailed for 12 months.

Neil McArdle had forgotten to fill in the forms to marry the "love of his life" Amy Williams, but could not face telling her.

Instead, the 36-year-old tried to "weasel" out of his predicament, Liverpool Crown Court heard.

As his bride got ready he slipped out of their house in Kirkby, Merseyside, went to a phone box, disguised his voice and rang Liverpool Register Office, claiming: "This is not a hoax call.

"There's a bomb in St George's Hall and it will go off in 45 minutes."

The phone call, 11 days after the Boston Marathon bombing, provoked "terror" at the office, which was evacuated.

But police traced the call and the defendant was arrested the same day .

Miss Williams has stood by the defendant, the court heard, and they are still together.

A tearful McArdle, who pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing, was jailed for 12 months.

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