A 52-year-old man has been remanded in custody after he allegedly threatened to bomb a mosque.

Nigel Flanaghan has been accused of telling the police that there was an explosive device in a Harlow place of worship on January 8.

Mr Flanaghan is also accused of causing religious aggravated fear or provocation of violence through words or behaviour, motivated towards Muslims.

After a court appearance in Chelmsford Magistrates’ on Tuesday the defendant of Wharley Hook in Harlow, just outside North Weald, has been remanded in custody.

He will appear in court next week.