A teenage boy from Plymouth has been charged with bomb hoaxes on airlines in the UK and US, police have said.

The youngster, from the Plympton area of the city, was charged on Monday following an investigation by a regional cyber crime unit.

He has been charged with three offenses under section 3 of the Computer Misuse Act which relates to 'denial of service attacks'.

The alleged attacks are understood to have been carried out on websites in Europe, North America, Africa and Asia.

Police in Devon and Cornwall said he had also been charged under section 51 of the Criminal Law Act over allegations of bomb hoaxes.

A police spokesman said the offenses were allegedly committed throughout the past year.

The boy has been released on police bail and was told to appear before Plymouth Youth Court on December 18.

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