A man jailed for making hoax bomb threats while world leaders made their way to last year's G8 summit has failed in a bid to get his prison term cut.
Paul Andrew Bell, 43, of Narrowgate, Alnwick, Northumberland, telephoned the police claiming bombs were about to go off on roads in Scotland - the day before the leaders of the world's eight richest nations were due to meet in Gleneagles.
He also made threatening calls to Wade Sherman, a representative of St Cloud State University, at Alnwick Castle and to Murray Haig, vicar of St Michael's Church, Alnwick.
At Newcastle Crown Court in June, Bell was jailed for three years, with a two-year extended period of licence, after pleading guilty to putting a person in fear of violence by harassment.
He also admitted four counts of communicating false information with intent, five of making threatening phone calls, three of making abusive phone calls, and two of harassment.
And last Friday, he appealed to reduce the sentence - claiming it was too long, given his mental health problems and early guilty plea.
But Mr Justice Henriques dismissed his appeal against sentence saying: "These offences caused huge disruption, alarm, fear and disruption to a very considerable number of people. One only has to think of the tragic events in London within a few days of the calls being made to see how people feel when receiving these types of calls.
"The courts owe a duty to the public, and behaviour of this type simply cannot go unpunished."
The Rev Canon Murray Haig, then vicar of Alnwick, received a series of calls from Bell threatening to bomb his church in May last year.
Yesterday Mr Haig, 66, now retired, said: "I still feel sorry for him. But it is was a frightening and dreadful thing to do. He should take the consequences."