A MAN who is charged with leaving a fake bomb at the entrance of a Paisley mosque has made a second court appearance.

A man left a blue plastic bag containing two canisters, taped together with wire and wood, on the steps of Paisley Central Mosque, on Sunday June 4, while people prayed inside.

The night before, June 3, eight people were killed in London when three attackers drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge - then launched a knife attack in nearby Borough Market.

Police were alerted to a bomb hoax at Paisley Central Mosque, in Wellmeadow Street, on Sunday, June 4.

After an investigation was launched, suspicion fell on 31-year-old James Palmer.

He was arrested and appeared from custody at Paisley Sheriff Court earlier this month, charged with breaking Section 51(1)(A) of the Criminal Law Act 1977, which covers “bomb hoaxes.”

That section of the act states someone is “guilty of an offence” if he “places any article in any place whatever... with the intention of inducing some other person a belief that it is likely to explode or ignite and thereby cause person injury or damage to property.”

Palmer made no plea to the single charge against him during his initial private hearing and was remanded in custody to Low Moss Prison.

He made his second court appearance last week, before Sheriff James Spy.

Palmer was released on bail during the hearing, where he was represented by defence solicitor Rhona Lynch, of law firm Tod and Mitchell.

No future court dates have been set but Palmer, of Paisley, is set to go on trial in due course.