East Lancashire hoax 999 caller on 'last chance' to avoid jail

9:14am Wednesday 19th February 2014

A 54-YEAR-OLD woman who repeatedly makes false reports to the emergency services was told she was being given a ‘very last chance’ to stop offending and avoid prison.

Blackburn magistrates heard Pauline Louise Green had been banned, under the terms of an Anti-Social Behaviour Order, from making 999 calls unless there was danger to life, or risk of serious injury.

But she twice called the emergency number, falsely claiming there had been an assault on her by her partner.

Green, of Meadow Street, Accrington, pleaded guilty to two charges of breaching the ASBO.

She was made subject to community supervision for 12 months, and ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge.

Catherine Allan, prosec-uting, said the ASBO had been made in November 2012, and there had already been several breaches.

“When she makes these bogus calls, she diverts the services away from genuine emergencies,” said Miss Allan.

“It costs a considerable amount of money to respond to a 999 call and, in her case, they are always for non-existent problems.”

Paul Duxbury, defending, said the phone calls had all been made after she had been drinking.

He said Green and her partner were both aware of their problems, and were trying to help each other.

“She knows that when the police attend they could be dealing with other things,” said Mr Duxbury.

“She is aware of what she has done and bitterly reg-rets it.”

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