BOMBERS who brought terror to a Bolton back street have been jailed for a total of more than 26 years.

An explosion ripped through the interior of a BMW after Londoner Tom Omona smashed a window and hurled an improvised grenade inside.

The loud bang could be heard by alarmed neighbours in streets surrounding Back Castle Street and only minutes beforehand children had been playing in a garden next to the vehicle.

Omona and getaway driver Darren Holland had been recruited to carry out the attack on the car, belonging to Tiffany Stephens, travelling from their homes in Harrow, Middlesex, on July 23 last year to carry out the bombing. They were helped by Rochdale man Luqman Hamid, who provided them with stolen cars and the grenade.

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At Bolton Crown Court this afternoon Omona, aged 29, of Mary Close, Stanmore, was jailed for 11 years and six months with a further three years on licence after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit an explosion and conspiracy to commit arson. He will be deported from the UK once his sentence is completed.

Holland, aged 54, of Grange Farm Close, Harrow, was sentenced to nine years and nine months in prison and Hamid, aged 32, of Yorkshire Street, Rochdale, was sentenced to five years in prison.