Bomb hoax man is £22k benefit cheat

Michael Seabury arriving at Wigan and Leigh Magistrates court
Michael Seabury arriving at Wigan and Leigh Magistrates court

The mentally ill man who made a series of hoax bomb calls to the DW Stadium is also a benefits cheat.

Michael Seabury, who had been sectioned under the mental health act at the time of the calls, swindled £22,000 in a long-running scam.

He yesterday admitted harassment without violence before Wigan magistrates and was released on conditional bail to appear on April 14.

The court heard that between February 2 and 11, the 40-year-old, who has previous convictions, made threatening phone calls and visited DW Stadium to harass staff members.

Seabury currently resides at Hollins Park Hospital, in Warrington, where he is receiving care.

He admitted failing to notifying a change of circumstances to entitlement of benefits in which he received £22,500, between February 2010 and July 2015.

He will be sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court for this on May 12.