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Public school boy jailed for throwing 'petrol bombs' on M3

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5:56pm 12th July 2018
(Updated 7:13am 13th July 2018)

A teenager who threw flammable packages onto the M3, causing major disruption, has been jailed. 

17 year old Nicholas Elger, who's from Winchester, has been sentenced to four and a half years. 

He pleaded guilty at Winchester Crown Court to two counts of arson with intent and two counts of theft from a shop. 

The charges are in relation to two incidents.

On Saturday 16th September, debris was reported in the southbound carriageway of the M3. Police attended the scene but very little was found and the road was cleared quickly. 

On Saturday 23rd September, members of the public again reported debris on the southbound carriageway of the M3 near Winchester. Police first on the scene called for support from specialist officers, including the explosive ordnance disposal team and the Counter Terrorism Police South East. to assess the items on the motorway. 

The motorway was closed for several hours.

Nicholas also pleaded guilty to two counts of blackmail and seven counts of non-dwelling burglary in relation to seperate incidents. He will serve a further four and a half years on licence. 

 

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