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Investigation launched into incident at luxury London hotel where man brought package into the building
A man who brought an explosive device into a London hotel was sentenced to 10 months in prison at Woolwich crown court.
The 23-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, carried the device into the Opus Hotel in Mayfair in the early hours of Friday April 28.
He was arrested after others at the hotel discovered the package and informed police.
The incident caused an immediate evacuation of the 18-storey building and its guests were relocated to other hotels.
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At around 2.30am on that Friday, officers from Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism command were called to the hotel following reports of a suspicious device found in a car.
Officers, backed up by bomb disposal experts, carried out a controlled explosion on the device but were unable to identify it as an explosive device.
In August 2016, police were called to the hotel following reports of a man with a metal object in his pocket.
A police spokesman said: “Following its disposal, the object was deemed to be a non-explosive piece of metal, which was placed into a bag by the individual.”
Police have said the case was not terrorism-related.
A spokesman for the Met said a sentencing decision would not be made until further investigative work was completed.
Scotland Yard said the man was sentenced at Woolwich crown court on Wednesday.
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