Guilty pleas for hoax call teenager

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk & World Update -

A TEENAGER is fac­ing jail af­ter ad­mit­ting mak­ing hundreds of hoax calls to emer­gency ser­vices.

Kerry Ann Moate (18), of Samuel Jones Cre­sent, Lit­tle Pax­ton, Hunt­ing­don, ap­peared at Hunt­ing­don Mag­is­trates’ Court yes­ter­day, where she pleaded guilty to two counts of per­sis­tently mak­ing use of the pub­lic com­mu­ni­ca­tion net­work to cause an­noy­ance, in­con­ve­nience or anx­i­ety.

The court heard how Moate made 756 silent calls to op­er­a­tors be­tween Christ­mas Day and Box­ing Day, and 44 oth­ers ear­lier in the month.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Paul Full­wood said: “The sheer vol­ume of ma­li­cious calls was ex­tremely dis­rup­tive to the force at a time of year that is al­ways busy for po­lice.

“Ev­ery time some­one mis­uses the 999 they are po­ten­tially putting oth­ers lives at risk. This is es­pe­cially true when we re­ceive a large num­ber of nui­sance calls as it im­pacts on how quickly other emer­gency calls are an­swered.”

The case was ad­journed for psy­chi­atric re­ports to be car­ried out, but mag­is­trates’ chair­man Lill Glover said a cus­to­dial sen­tence was likely to be the start­ing point when Moate is sen­tenced on Fe­bru­ary 9 at the Hunt­ing­don court.

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