Man sentenced after breaching order preventing him from making non-emergency 999 calls

21/03/2017

A 62-year-old man from Tipton has been sentenced after breaching a criminal behaviour order which prohibited him from making false 999 calls to the emergency services.

He has today been sentenced to a 12 month community order, ordered to pay £300 compensation and had his criminal behavioural order extended by three years until 2021.

Dudley Magistrates' Court heard that Kenneth Handley was given the two year order on 2 August 2016 after he was found to have called the emergency services 507 times over a five month period last year.

Between January 2016 and June 2016, the defendant would dial 999 and inform the operator that he had an emergency only to then decline assistance and refuse to give his name.

Three weeks after the order was made, on 25 August 2016, Handley made a further 12 calls to the emergency services. Following further calls on 7 November, paramedics attended the defendant's home. They checked him over and found nothing wrong with him.

The next day the defendant was arrested by the police for breaching his order.

Sukninder Rai, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said: "Our emergency services do an amazing job delivering a very important service to the public. They handle a high volume of calls each day under challenging circumstances.

"Kenneth Handley was given a criminal behaviour order for making fake and inappropriate calls, which he breached just three weeks after it was issued.

"Such behaviour is unacceptable and amounts to a criminal offence. As this case demonstrates, those who commit such crimes will be prosecuted for their actions."