A man pleaded guilty today to making a hoax phone call claiming a bomb was at one of two major British airports following a bust-up with his wife.

Kevin Flynn, 31, admitted calling police with a false threat on July 31, saying a bomb was being taken on a New York-bound aircraft at either Heathrow or Gatwick airport.

Flynn made the anonymous call in Bognor Regis, West Sussex, in a bid to ground a flight his wife was due to board following a row with her, a Sussex Police spokeswoman said.

He pleaded guilty to making the call when he appeared at Worthing Magistrates' Court and was freed on bail to appear at Chichester Crown Court for sentencing on October 10, she added.

Flynn, of Wellington Road, Bognor Regis, also faces a separate charge of assault by battery on a 32-year-old woman on July 20.